OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center

Ottawa, Illinois

Animal Assisted Therapy

OSF Saint Elizabeth is proud to offer Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT). Our PAT animals have been trained and are certified through Therapy Dogs International .


therapy dog.jpg Pet Assisted Therapy Pet Assisted Therapy can:

  • Reduce signs and symptoms of an illness,
  • Promote social interactions with peers and animals,
  • Demonstrate empathy and responsibility.

There have been several studies that show how physical contact with a pet can:

  • Reduce blood pressure,
  • Increase self esteem,
  • Reduce anxiety and depression.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Michelle Carson, CTRS at (815) 431-5588.