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Animal-Assisted TherapyPet therapy can have many physical and emotional benefits for hospital patients, including reduced blood pressure and stress. 

Atlantic Health System's pet therapy program, "Healing Paws," has approximately 60 pet therapy teams, each made up of a hospital volunteer and his or her trained dog, that visit common areas such as waiting rooms. Patients and visitors can pet and interact with the dog in the common area.

Each therapy team goes through extensive training by licensed organizations. All of the therapy animals are at least one year of age, readily perform basic obedience skills, and have the necessary temperament. In addition, they have current rabies and distemper vaccinations and a town license. 

Visits by our animal teams are available for most patients, as well as their families and other visitors, by request at all Atlantic Health System hospitals, including Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Goryeb Children's Hospital, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute.

For more information about becoming a certified pet therapy team, see the "Related Links" on the right.

   

 

 

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Morristown Medical Center
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Overlook Medical Center
99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

Newton Medical Center
175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121

Chilton Medical Center
97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

Goryeb Children's Hospital
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000