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Halloween has “Gone to the Dogs” at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Costumed therapy dogs will bring smiles to hospital patients, visitors, and staff on Halloween
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CAMDEN CITY, NJ (Costume-clad therapy dogs from Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team will make Halloween a lot more fun and “spooky” for patients, visitors and staff at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. This group of compassionate canines come to the hospital once a week and visit scheduled departments. On Halloween, they will extend their visit to celebrate the holiday at even more hospital units.
Halloween, Thursday, October 31, 2019
12:45 pm in the lobby of Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, 1600 Haddon Avenue, Camden, NJ.
Between 1 pm – 2 pm, the group will trick-or-treat at several departments
These friendly therapy dogs always receive a warm welcome at the hospital, earning big smiles and plenty of belly rubs. Besides, what is cuter than adorable dogs dressed in Halloween costumes?
The Tri-State K9 Response Team provides Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) through its partnership with Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.  AAT serves to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and cognitive function. This team of therapy dogs and their handlers are registered with a national dog therapy organization and the dogs are required to pass the Tri-State Screening, which is similar to American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test. The team visits schools and libraries, and responds to natural disasters and mass shootings, providing comfort to victims and first responders.
About Virtua Health:
Virtua Health is committed to helping the people of South Jersey be well, get well, and stay well by providing the complete spectrum of advanced, accessible, and trusted health care services. Virtua’s 14,000 colleagues provide tertiary care, including a renowned cardiology program, complemented by a community-based care portfolio. In addition to five hospitals, two satellite emergency departments, and more than 280 other locations, Virtua brings health services directly into communities through home health, rehabilitation, mobile screenings, and its paramedic program. Virtua has 2,850 affiliated doctors and other clinicians, and its specialties include orthopedics, advanced surgery, and maternity. Virtua is affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for pediatrics. As a not-for-profit, Virtua is committed to the well-being of the community and provides innovative outreach programs that address social challenges affecting health, from addiction and other behavioral issues to lack of nutritious food and stable housing. A Magnet-recognized health system ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Virtua has received many awards for quality, safety, and its outstanding work environment. For more information, visit To help Virtua make a difference, visit