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Hospitals can be stressful, so Caring Canines is bringing smiles

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- We often hear of dogs as a man's best friend. During tough times for patients and staff at Mayo Clinic, what a world of difference our furry friends can make.

Hospitals and clinics can be very stressful places for patients and staff. The staff at Mayo Clinic- Baldwin Building on the third floor were experiencing a major change.

"We had significant nursing turnover and we were short 12 people," said Tammy Schmit, Baldwin Building Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Nurse Manager.

Mayo Clinic Baldwin Building Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Nurse Manager Tammy Schmit

She enlisted in the help of Mayo Clinic Caring Canines, "It was a big hit right away," Schmit smiled. "These guys have been the difference for us during tough times."

Kaitlyn Maidl has been a nurse on the Community Pediatric floor for nearly two years. "We're busy we have a lot of patients that we see in a day, a lot of crying because this isn't ideal."

However, every Wednesday for a few hours, happiness fills the halls. "Kinda like a cup of coffee with fur," Maidl laughed. "Game changers for us because it brought a little bit of joy to our day," Schmit added.

Mayo Clinic Nurse Kaitlyn Maidl

What started off as an idea to bring cheer to the third floor, now has become more than anyone expected.

"You've (Maggy, the dog) really helped a lot yeah," Schmit said. "Good job, you did good," added Maidl.

Ubah Ali

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