CHS Mobile Integrated Health Care (CHS MIHC) has welcomed a new member to the family — Marley the 6-year-old therapy dog. The agency, which provides EMS and related healthcare to residents of southwest Monroe County and parts of northwest Livingston County, had been investigating options for adding a dog to its headquarters for a while now.
After soliciting employee input and considering various options, CHS adopted a current employee’s dog, welcoming Marley into the station during the busiest times which are during the day on weekdays.
Marley is a mixed breed rescue who’s completed an 8-week therapy dog training program through Therapy Dogs International (TDI®).
TDI is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers.
With numerous guests entering the CHS headquarters throughout the day, it was important that she be properly trained to interact appropriately with both the public and CHS’ caregivers.
Given that Marley is a certified therapy dog, the agency can also bring her to community events such as blood pressure clinics.
“The certification process was actually quite regimented.” Gabrielle Hergert, Office Manager and Marley’s owner, said. “Now that she’s been formally trained, I’m looking forward to her spending time with our volunteers and employees on a daily basis.”