Phone Numbers

Front Desk / Patient Information
(803) 791-2000
Patient numbers
(803) 739-3200
Emergency Services
(803) 791-2350
3rd Floor Waiting Room
(803) 791-2703

4th Floor Waiting Room
(803) 791-2754
(803) 791-BABY (2229)
(803) 791-2342
Patient Billing (Hospital)
(803) 791-2300
(877) 835-0975
Financial Counselor
(803) 791-2490
Public Safety
(803) 791-2373

Pet Therapy

One of the hospital’s most popular programs, pet therapy began at Lexington Medical Center in 2008. The hospital currently has eight pet therapy teams that visit patient areas several times a week. All dogs must be certified through a nationally recognized pet therapy program and complete a physical exam to participate in the program.


Health Benefits

Interacting with a pet offers many health benefits. Petting a dog has been shown to:

  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Improve your cardiovascular health
  • Release endorphins that have a calming effect
  • Lifts your spirits and lessen depression
  • Decrease feelings of isolation and alienation
  • Encourage communication
  • Provide comfort
  • Reduce boredom and decrease anxiety

The physical and psychological benefits of pet therapy are especially important for cancer patients as they commonly experience high levels of stress and depression, particularly those who have no family members with them. Pet therapy has been shown to reduce depression in patients receiving chemotherapy.

If you’d like to get involved in the hospital’s pet therapy program, contact Volunteer Services at (803) 791-2573.