MEMPHIS, Tenn. — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a new four-legged resident.
The hospital now has an employee support dog.
According to St. Jude, Rosalie is a 2-year-old, 60-pound golden retriever who joined the hospital as a facility dog in the Staff Resilience Center dedicated to supporting employees.
The Center helps employees care for themselves so they can care for others.
Employees get help with coping with stress, burnout and compassion fatigue, St. Jude said.
Rosalie will attend sessions with staff after events such as losing a patient or colleague.
Staff can also request visits, St. Jude said.
Kimberly Russell, a St. Jude chaplain, serves as Rosalie’s primary handler.
As part of the Child Life program, their workday duties include helping patients achieve clinical goals and providing social interaction, stress reduction and sensory stimulation.
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