Hudson, Florida (August 11, 2014) – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that its most veteran therapy dog, Mr. McTrouble, was recently awarded his 100 hour volunteer pin by Donna Owen, Manager of Volunteer Services.
Mr. McTrouble is a three year old Sheltie, owned by Chuck Andrews. Mr. McTrouble actually has 186 hours of volunteer service at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and also volunteers one day a week at Shriner’s Hospital in Tampa.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is grateful to have three other therapy dogs in addition to Mr. McTrouble. Animal visits to a hospital provide positive, lasting memories for patients and their families with an event to be excited about. Visiting with animals can help people feel less lonely and less depressed. It has been shown that many become more active and responsive both during and after their visit. Stroking a dog or cat can actually reduce a person’s blood pressure. A dog visit offers entertainment as well as a welcome distraction from pain and infirmity. People often talk to the dogs and share their thoughts, feelings and memories with them.
One of the patients at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had been slowly recovering from a coma when Mr. McTrouble came in. Chuck, the dog’s owner, told the patient that if she could get into a wheelchair by our next visit she could take Mr. McTrouble for a walk down the hall. Next week the patient was sitting in a wheelchair anxiously awaiting for Mr. McTrouble’s arrival. Chuck says that one little girl at Shriner’s Hospital was in need of a prosthesis for each of her arms, but she kept refusing them. When Mr. McTrouble came in she told the therapist, “Get me those arms so I can pet Mr. McTrouble.”
Attached photo: Donna Owen, Manager of Volunteer Services, present Mr. McTrouble, pet therapy dog owned by Chuck Andrews, with his 100 hours volunteer pin.
About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Regional Medical Center Bayonet has been serving the community since 1981. We are a 290-bed acute care hospital located in Hudson, FL and home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute. We have more than 350 physicians, 1,264 employees and 500 volunteers on our integrated healthcare delivery team.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:
· Level II Trauma Center
· 2011 and 2012 Top Performing Hospital for Key Quality Measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care – The Joint Commission
· Certified Advance Primary Stroke Center – Joint Commission
· Heart & Stroke Champions Award Winner 1998 – 2011
· MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited – American College of Radiology
· Approved, with Commendation, Community Cancer Program – American College of Surgeons.
· 10 Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certifications: primary stroke center, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery bypass graft, heart failure, joint replacement hip, joint replacement knee, lung cancer, pneumonia, wound care!
· Awarded Hospital Safety Score of “A” in four consecutive rankings by The Leapfrog Group.
· Recipient of the 2014 American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Performance Achievement Award in stroke.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is located at 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, FL. 34667. For additional information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point visit www.rmchealth.com or www.heartoftampa.comor visit us on Facebook.