Hospice Center Welcomes New Friend

The SOMC Hospice Center, a new inpatient facility for hospice patients on the SOMC East Campus, welcomed a new resident this week. Swann, a three-year-old German Shepherd mix is the facility’s new resident pet. She was purchased from a special non-profit shelter, Circle Trail, Inc., that trains assistance dogs. The dogs are typically trained to work with the blind or hearing impaired owners. Swann was initially to be trained as a specialized single-owner assistance dog, but according to Circle Trail, she was “too loving” and was a better match as a facility pet. At the SOMC Hospice Center, she will visit patients and families at their request. According to SOMC Hospice Center staff, Swann is being well-received with patients, families, and staff who are thrilled to call her their new “social worker.” Shown, Swann visits Patricia Carver with social worker Kathy Staker.