Sandra and Dr. Samuel Lumpkin began taking their dogs on patient visits to the Gilchrist Center about two years ago, where they visit every Friday afternoon, from 2-4 p.m. with patients and family members. â€œTheanimals â€˜de-hospitalizeâ€™ the environment and have a calming, reassuring effect with many patients,â€ said Aaron Charles, M.D., a geriatrician by training who serves as assistant medical director for Hospice of Baltimore and medical director of the ACE Unit.
Recently, Dr. and Mrs. Lumpkin began bringing Gunner and Tucket for patient visits at the ACE Unit, which opened this fall asa specialized 27-bed in-patient clinical area dedicated to caring for geriatric patients.
is a recently retired GBMC physician who practiced with ENT Associates for more than 40 years, and his
wife was one of the first speech-language pathologists employed at GBMCâ€™s Milton J. Dance Jr.
, Head and Neck Rehabilitation Center when it opened more than 25 years ago.
â€œWe love to do things with our dogs and wanted to stay connected with GBMC
,â€ said Sandra Lumpkin. â€œHuman-canine bonds are very strong.
The dogs bring so much healing to the patients we see.â€ Dr. Lumpkin
said some patients want the dogs to rest their heads on their laps while others want to see the dogs do tricks. â€œIt induces relaxation and provides a level of emotional support thatâ€™s important for the healing process.â€
Editorâ€™s Note: Gunner, Tucket and Dr. & Mrs. Lumpkin
will be visiting with patients in GBMCâ€™s newly-opened Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit on Monday, Dec. 18, 2-4 p.m. and with patients at Hospice
of Baltimore/Gilchrist Center on Friday
12/22, 2-4 p.m. Media visits/interviews are welcome.