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Pet Therapy at Lexington Extended Care

Cindy Quattlebaum manages the volunteer program at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care and participates in it, too. Her registered therapy dogs have been helping residents at the facility since 2002.

“I have volunteered all my life. I am a firm believer that everything we have belongs to God, and He deserves our service for the many blessings He give us each day,” she said.
Cindy volunteered with her chocolate Labrador Max before he passed away in November 2018. She now volunteers with Bear, her 11-year-old beagle mix, at Extended Care.

Cindy Quattlebaum

“I have loved animals all my life. They give their unconditional love, and everyone needs to know they are loved. It means so much to bring a smile to someone’s face and share a little love,” said Cindy.

Cindy also owns several other volunteer pets and helps run her family’s farm – Breezy Hills Farm.

“We have 10 miniature donkeys, 1 miniature pony and four goats that volunteer at Extended Care. We also have cows, a rescue Mustang horse, a standard donkey and two cats at Breezy Hills Farm. Children and adults visit our animals, and we take them to birthday parties and other events. Our motto for our farm ministry is ‘Sharing God’s love one hoof and paw at a time.’”

Cindy started working at LMC Extended Care when it was known as Rikard Nursing Home. She has been there for more than 42 years – first as a nurse and then she started the first organized volunteer program.

There are currently more than 70 animals in the LMC Extended Care volunteer pet therapy program. To participate, contact Cindy at 996-6266 or csquattlebaum@lexhealth.org. Pet volunteers must be mild-mannered, well-behaved in different environments, and current on vaccinations, and flea, tick and heartworm prevention.

Our 2015 Christmas Commercial

Please join us in welcoming the holiday season by viewing our annual Christmas television commercial. This year’s spot pays tribute to pet therapy and debuts today.

Featuring a pet therapy dog named Bailey who travels through the hospital inviting patients and employees to a holiday celebration, the 60-second commercial inspires feelings of hope, peace and joy. The commercial includes Lexington Medical Center employees, a talented lead singer and a Christmas music concert featuring Alan Jackson’s song, “Let It Be Christmas.” It was filmed on our hospital campus in West Columbia.

Studies have shown that pet therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems, including those receiving cancer treatment or patients hospitalized with chronic heart failure. Family members, friends and staff feel better, too.
You can watch the Christmas commercial on the hospital’s YouTube channel or during your favorite Christmas TV show this holiday season.

It’s the ninth year Lexington Medical Center has produced its own Christmas commercial. To view all of them, visit our You Tube channel.

Please share the commercial with your family and friends. From our Lexington Medical Center family to your family, Merry Christmas.