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Denver Health Success Stories

From patients and professional staff to a new pet therapy program handler, those closest to Denver Health share details from their experiences with our hospital.

It's the Dog's Day in December

Denver Health Pet Therapy Dog Kaylee and SantaAnimals have a unique way of making us feel better.  Meet Kaylee, a new graduate into the Pet Therapy Program at Denver Health. After completing four weeks of intensive training at the Department of Corrections canine training program in Canon City, Kaylee and her handler/mom Julie Weaver (who works in Trauma Services) received the Canine Good Citizen Certification & Therapy Dog Certification.  Kaylee and her owner, Julie, will be working with patients at Denver Health and seniors at The Village at Lowry. 

Julie is thrilled to be involved in Denver Health’s Pet Therapy Program. She had started the process with her previous dog, Shelby, who then was diagnosed with cancer and couldn’t participate in the program.  She knew she wanted to have a therapy dog because she’s seen the difference they make with patients.  When Kaylee came into her life, a significant amount of time was spent training to get all the required certifications.

Kaylee made her hospital debut with Santa, the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders and the Coca Cola Bear this weekend at Denver Health’s annual SnowBall Holiday Party for Denver Health pediatric patients.