Rockford hospital offers pet therapy
ROCKFORD (AP) — If you see a canine helper comforting a patient at Rockford Memorial Hospital, think of Mellany McDuffa.
McDuffa worked at the hospital for 25 years before she passed away in September. She was passionate about dogs, especially her Westie named Jack who visited her at the hospital during her treatment for ovarian cancer.
At the time, hospital officials behind the scenes had been preparing to start a pet therapy program. Millicent Christopher, McDuffa's sister and a fellow hospital employee, said contributing funds to the program was the perfect way to honor McDuffa's memory.
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