UMC Children’s Hospital introduces first facility dog, Sable

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LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from UMC Health System:

UMC Children’s Hospital is excited to welcome our newest four-pawed employee – Sable! She will be working alongside Child Life Specialist, Hannah Boyd, making UMC the first Children’s Hospital in West Texas to provide this service.

A facility dog has specialized training and is an intentional part of the patient’s care. These dogs are employees and work alongside their professional handler. Sable will be used in the children’s hospital to bring comfort to patients and families. If a child isn’t coping well with the hospital environment, or if a hard conversation is presented, the dog will be present to help ease the situation.

“As a child life specialist,” said Hannah Boyd, “having a facility dog beside me helps enhance the level of support I provide the child and family. Animals bring a different level of comfort and calm to difficult situations, merely with their presence. I’m proud that Sable will be the first and only hospital-based staff facility dog in West Texas.”

UMC wants to thank the UMC 30 Minute Club and the UMC Foundation for donating money to help pay for the dog’s training. We also want to thank PetSmart at Canyon West as well as Live Oak Animal Center for providing resources for our new UMC facility dog. We couldn’t have done this without their support, and we appreciate it!

About UMC Health System
UMC Health System is a national award-winning health system comprised of over 4,600 team members and more than 30 care locations. We are proud to partner with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to provide the best care to West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Whether you are managing a chronic condition, dealing with an unexpected illness, or simply working to stay healthy, we are passionate about getting you well and helping you stay that way. At UMC, Our Passion is You.  

(Press release from UMC Health System)

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