Having a ruff day?
Our Paw Squad is here to help!
At Stormont Vail Health, we don’t just take care of the physical wellbeing of our patients and team, we take care of the whole person. Each year, there is more awareness centered on mental health and we are proud to support everyone in our organization with the chance to rely on one of our Paw Squad members, whenever the need arises.
Our Paw Squad is made up of 18 fantastic canines that can make any struggle or problem seem less scary. They love to show and receive affection while providing a sweet sense of calm for those around them. No matter what you are here for, let the Stormont Vail Paw Squad be part of your team.
If you are a patient at the Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka and would like a visit from the Paw Squad, let your nurse know. They will first check with your attending physician for authorization. If you get the clear, the nurse will call the Paw Squad team to see who needs some belly rubs!
Meet the Squad!
Great Pyrenees Mix/Rescue
Jack Russell & Rat Terrier Mix
Become a Member of the Paw Squad
Register as a Pet Therapy Team
Stormont Vail Health requires proof of registration with Pet Partners. The Therapy Animal Program provides a comprehensive registration process that evaluates a prospective therapy animal team for volunteer work. The registration involves a combination of coursework and assessment. Visit their website to learn more about how to become a handler and get started.
Volunteer at Stormont Vail Health
To become a volunteer at Stormont Vail Health, you will need to submit an application, meet with a team member for an interview, as well as pass a background check and health assessment. Our team will lead you through an orientation to teach you all about our culture and all that is Stormont Vail and then you will be ready to start volunteering with us.