UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal assisted therapy is available for patients and families at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Blank Children's Hospital and Iowa Lutheran Hospital during their stay. We understand the unique bond between humans and animals and how it can enhance a positive attitude and actually assist in the healing process. Our team of 44 certified dogs and their handlers are available to visit patients in the hospital several days of the week through Volunteer Services. These dogs are tested for good health and temperament. Patients and families must check with a nurse to make sure it is medically appropriate to receive a visit from our animal assisted therapy volunteers. 

NOTE: Family pets are not allowed to visit the hospital.