K-9 Unit Begins Service at Allen Hospital

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K-9 Unit Begins Service at Allen Hospital

Krush, a malinois and Dutch shepherd mix, has joined the team at UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital to help enhance the overall safety and comfort for patients, visitors, volunteers, students and other team members. The one-year old pup is under the care of safety and security manager Tyler McCormack, who accompanied him for five weeks of training at High Velocity Canine in New Hartford.

Krush came to Allen Hospital thanks to a grant from the Allen Foundation as well as a generous $13,000 gift from the Robert J. and Elizabeth G. McCoy Endowment Fund.

Our family has always been dog lovers and my parents loved giving back for something that will benefit our community, so this was a perfect fit,” said Kathy McCoy, the fund’s donation designee. “Krush will be a tremendous asset for the hospital.”

Krush may be called upon to provide therapeutic interaction, deter disruptive behavior, reduce the use of restraints during de-escalation situations, detect controlled substances, track missing people, enhance ALICE active shooter training and more.

Additional resources are still needed to fulfill all Krush’s skills and abilities. To learn more or make a donation, contact the Allen Foundation at (319) 235-3960.