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Month: July 2017

Dog Days of Summer: Meet Faith

Our four-legged volunteers are always ready to lend a paw. They are Beacon’s pet therapy dogs. Sixteen specially trained and certified pups can be found making the rounds with their handlers, comforting patients who miss their own dog and bringing smiles to associates at Memorial and Elkhart General. Meet our tail-wagging friends as we continue our special “Dog Days of Summer” series. Dog’s Name: Faith Age: 6 years old Breed: Greyhound Handler: Shelby Theodorovich Home: Goshen How long have you been a therapy dog? I have been a therapy dog for a couple of months now. I love my...

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Dog Days of Summer: The Life of Pi

Our four-legged volunteers are always ready to lend a paw. They are Beacon’s pet therapy dogs. Sixteen specially trained and certified pups can be found making the rounds with their handlers, comforting patients who miss their own dog and bringing smiles to associates at Memorial and Elkhart General. You will meet our tail-wagging teams in the weeks ahead during our special “Dog Days of Summer” series. Dog’s Name: Pi Age: 7 years Breed: All-American Mutt Handler: Abbie Home: South Bend How long have you been a therapy dog? My big brother Nemo was a great Therapy Dog. When he...

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Dog Days of Summer: Meet Auggie Doggie

Our four-legged volunteers are always ready to lend a paw. They are Beacon’s pet therapy dogs. Sixteen specially trained and certified pups can be found making the rounds with their handlers, comforting patients who miss their own dog and bringing smiles to associates at Memorial and Elkhart General. You will meet our tail-wagging teams in the weeks ahead during our special “Dog Days of Summer” series. Name: Auggie Doggie Age: 5 Breed: Cockapoo Handler: Carol Keckley Home: South Bend, IN How long have you been a therapy dog? More than two years “The best part of my job is…”...

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Spread kindness one rock at a time

In communities across the country, there has been a growing movement that uniquely combines art, nature and positive-thinking. “Kindness rocks” are stones that provide words of inspiration and encouragement for the people who find them. But why should municipalities be the only ones to have fun? Dawn Gillispie, Human Resource communication and wellness coordinator, wondered the same thing, so she decided to join the movement with Beacon’s own version of the project. At the recent wellness fairs, associates painted messages on 550 rocks that have been evenly divided between Elkhart General and Memorial Hospital. “Some associates took them home...

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Dog Days of Summer: Meet Sangi

Our four-legged volunteers are always ready to lend a paw. They are Beacon’s pet therapy dogs. Sixteen specially trained and certified pups can be found making the rounds with their handlers, comforting patients who miss their own dog and bringing smiles to associates at Memorial and Elkhart General. You will meet our tail-wagging teams in the weeks ahead during our special “Dog Days of Summer” series. Name: Sangi (short for Sangiovese) Age: 6 Breed: Lots of terrier, Irish, Border, Schnauzer and maybe Airdale Handler: Marge Home: North of Goshen How long have you been a therapy dog? Officially a...

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