De-stress with Strong PETS – Wednesday, 4/26/17 @ 3:15

April 2, 2017

Students with Strong PETS

Join us on Wednesday, April 26, for a visit from our favorite team of caregivers… Strong P.E.T.S.  (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).

Beyond the benefits of animal-human interaction like lower blood pressure and reduced stress, interacting with animals can increase our levels of oxytocin, a hormone that helps us feel happy and trusting.

Got a few minutes? De-stress with us on April 26.

Strong P.E.T.S. volunteers will stop by @ 3:15 p.m., after their “rounds” on the in-patient units.

 


Free kisses! (Strong PETS – Wed., 2/8/17 @ 3:30)

January 4, 2017

Join us on Wednesday, February 8, for a visit from a special team of care givers… Strong P.E.T.S.  (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).dog kisses

Got a few minutes? De-stress with us on February 8.

Strong P.E.T.S. volunteers will stop by @ 3:30 p.m., after their “rounds” on the in-patient units.

Oh…and did we say that the kisses are free?

 

Pet therapist Ann Lacey has been a therapy dog handler since 1982 and founded the Strong P.E.T.S. program at Strong Memorial Hospital in 2000. For more information about Strong P.E.T.S., Campus Canines, or Tales for Tails programs, visit the URMC Newsroom or contact Friends of Strong at (585) 275-2420.


De-stress with Strong PETS @ 3:30 on Wed., 12/14

November 14, 2016

Students with Strong PETS

Join us on Wednesday, December 14, for a visit from our favorite team of care givers… Strong P.E.T.S.  (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).

Beyond the benefits of animal-human interaction like lower blood pressure and reduced stress, interacting with animals can increase our levels of oxytocin, a hormone that helps us feel happy and trusting. (And who doesn’t need that, right?)

Strong P.E.T.S. volunteers will stop by @ 3:30 p.m., after their “rounds” on the in-patient units.

Got a few minutes? De-stress with us on December 14.

 


Donate Winter Clothing Nov. 7-24 @ Miner

November 11, 2016

Can you imagine walking around Rochester in winter with no coat and only flip-flops on your feet? No? We can’t either.

So, let’s get together and help others from facing such a miserable situation.

From Nomittensvember 7-24, the Refugee Student Alliance is running a Winter Clothing Drive.

All donations support Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach.

Please consider donating new or gently used:

• Coatswarm socks
• Sweaters
• Scarves
• Mittens and gloves
• Hats
• Socks

There’s a donation box right outside Miner’s front doors.

Help us out, won’t you?


“Honoring Owen” Book Collection

October 7, 2016

You’ve heard us talk about our newest library branch, the Family Resource Library at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

But have we told you that you can help us build a very special book collection?

Help us grow the “Honoring Owen Book Collection” by visiting Barnes & Noble University of Rochester in College Town.  Purchase a children’s book in honor of Owen, or your loved one, for permanent addition to the Family Resource Library.

Join us for our kickoff event Oct. 6-9, 2016!  Event_Info

This special book collection was established by Kara and Scott Hochreiter in honor of their son, Owen.  During his short life, Owen’s family shared many books with him.  Now they are helping the Family Resource Library grow for other families in need of a good story. Read More

Can’t make it to College Town, but still want to help? Simply mail a Barnes & Noble gift card to our librarian and she will select books for the Library.

Send to:
Family Resource Library
Golisano Children’s Hospital
Attn. Jennifer Raynor
Box LIBR
601 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14642

Jennifer Raynor

Jennifer Raynor

Oh, and we also want to share these FOX Rochester and News 8 at Sunrise television interviews, featuring Kara Hochreiter and Jennifer Raynor.

Awesome!


Need a furry therapist? Join us on Wed., 9/14/16 @ 3:15

July 28, 2016

dog visits man in hospitalJoin us on Wednesday, September 14, for a visit from our much-loved, furry therapists… Strong P.E.T.S.  (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).

This team of dogs and their volunteer handlers help to make hospitalization less stressful and frightening for patients and their families.

Several times a year, we’re lucky enough to add Miner Library to their long list of patient visits.

The benefits of pet therapy are numerous and well-documented in the scientific literature. Pet companionship has been associated with improved overall mental, social, and physiological health. Animal-assisted therapy can help healing and lessen depression and fatigue.

Got a few minutes? Join us @ Miner on September 14 @ 3:15.

After the visit, don’t be surprised if you’re smiling. And you feel a little less tired and a bit more optimistic.

Ann Lacey and Taylor

Pet therapist Ann Lacey has been a therapy dog handler since 1982 and founded the Strong P.E.T.S. program at Strong Memorial Hospital in 2000. For more information about Strong P.E.T.S., Campus Canines, or Tales for Tails programs, visit the URMC Newsroom or contact Friends of Strong at (585) 275-2420.

 


De-stress with Strong PETS – Wednesday, 4/27/16 @ 3:15

April 3, 2016

Students with Strong PETS

Join us on Wednesday, April 27, for a visit from our favorite team of care givers… Strong P.E.T.S.  (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).

Beyond the benefits of animal-human interaction like lower blood pressure and reduced stress, interacting with animals can increase our levels of oxytocin, a hormone that helps us feel happy and trusting.

Got a few minutes? De-stress with us on April 27.

Strong P.E.T.S. volunteers will stop by @ 3:15 p.m., after their “rounds” on the in-patient units.

 

 


April 15 at 3 p.m.: “Reproducibility of Biomedical Research” Don’t miss it!

April 2, 2016

Last July we wrote about the issue of reproducibility of research findings. What’s been happening since then?

brilliant mindIntellects from across the country have been discussing initiatives and developing policies.

On April 15, you’ll have the rare opportunity of hearing directly from one of these scholars about NIH plans to enhance reproducibility.

Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., will present “Reproducibility of Biomedical Research,” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (Medical Center, G-9425).

Dr. Tabak currently is principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health. Many of us, however, will remember Dr. Tabak from his tenure at University of Rochester.

NIH recently formalized guidelines to help address the reproducibility crisis. You can see the newly revised grant application instructions here: www.nih.gov/research-training/rigor-reproducibility.

Dr. Tabak’s presentation is sponsored by the SMD’s Center for Professional Development.


De-stress with Strong PETS – Wednesday, 12/9 @ 3:30

November 25, 2015

Join us on Wednesday, December 9, for a visit from a special team of dedicated care givers… Strong P.E.T.S.  (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).

Students with Strong PETS

Beyond the benefits of animal-human interaction like lower blood pressure and reduced stress, interacting with animals can increase our levels of oxytocin, a hormone that helps us feel happy and trusting.

For those of us who just can’t get enough (like me!) or if you’ve never met this fabulous team, here’s a  YouTube video (2:10) featuring “Campus Canines,” the River Campus counterpart to Strong P.E.T.S.

Got a few minutes? De-stress with us on December 9.

Strong P.E.T.S. volunteers will stop by @ 3:30 p.m., after their “rounds” on the patient units.

Ann Lacey and Taylor

Pet therapist Ann Lacey has been a therapy dog handler since 1982 and founded the Strong P.E.T.S. program at Strong Memorial Hospital in 2000. For more information about Strong P.E.T.S., Campus Canines, or Tales for Tails programs, contact Friends of Strong at (585) 275-2420.

 

 

Posted by Susan Andersen


Get furry with us! Wednesday, 9/9/15 @ 3:15 p.m.

August 3, 2015

Join us on Wednesday, September 9, for a visit from a very special team of dedicated, hard-working care givers… Strong P.E.T.S.  (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).

students with therapy dogs

The Strong P.E.T.S. program dates back to 2000, when Ann Lacey (and her sheltie, nicknamed “Dr. Rickey”) first contacted Friends of Strong, offering to bring Rickey to visit patients.

Today, Ann and Kathleen Richards co-coordinate a group consisting of 15 handlers and 21 dogs. Each week, the dogs (wearing their trademark red bandanas) visit 14 units, including Pediatrics, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation, and Palliative Care.  About four times a year, the dogs visit Miner Library.

To be a member of the Strong P.E.T.S. team, handlers and their dogs must conform to strict NYS Department of Health guidelines. Dogs must display the right temperament, undergo two annual health checkups, be meticulously groomed, and pass extensive behavior training and certification by a pet therapy organization. (Generous dog owners pay all fees out of pocket.)  Dogs (and handlers!) also must tolerate loud noises, crowds, enthusiastic hugging, laughter, and sometimes tears.

Unit staff report that the dogs are powerful stress relievers and have a remarkable ability to settle anxious patients.

Personally, we have no doubt that Strong P.E.T.S. also help faculty, staff, and Ann Lacey and Taylorstudents to relax, as well.

We hope you’ll join us.

Pet therapist Ann Lacey has been a therapy dog handler since 1982 and founded the Strong P.E.T.S. program at Strong Memorial Hospital in 2000. For more information about Strong P.E.T.S., contact Friends of Strong at (585) 275-2420.