2006-11-27-Pets make hospital rounds


Monday, November 27, 2006

Pets make hospital rounds, bring ‘therapeutic touch’ to patients

By SUSAN PHINNEY
P-I REPORTER

They may not have medical degrees, but in some places they have staff name tags and status that entitles them to breaks, beds, toys and water bowls.

Rainier the rehab dog has a station in the medical rehabilitation gym on the fourth floor at Harborview Medical Center. His “dog-mother” is physical therapist Amy Icarangal, and she’s been taking him to work at least once a week for more than five years. And when this 8-year-old is around, everyone is all smiles.

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