UCLA People-Animal Connection (PAC) is one of the most comprehensive Animal-Assisted Therapy and Activity (AAT/A) programs in the nation. PAC volunteer teams (consisting of the canine and his/her human partner) offer companionship and warmth to more than 900 critically ill children and adults per month. Since its inception in 1994, PAC teams have recorded more than 100,000 in-patients visits, as well as hundreds of thousands unrecorded visits to families and guest to UCLA medical centers and community events.
PAC's core foundation is to enhance physical healing and emotional well-being through the canines' instinctive bond with patients of all ages, cultures, and socioeconomic levels. Providing comfort care to critically ill patients including many underserved and indigent individuals who might not have any other visitors. Its success at the Westwood campus has led to the expansion of AAT/A at many UCLA medical facilities, including UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.
PAC is a nationally recognized program and has been published in Newsweek, Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Business Journal, Los Angeles Times, Santa Monica Mirror, and other local media. PAC has been featured on NBC's Today Show and KNBC-Los Angeles, which was nominated for a News Emmy. PAC, as well as individual PAC team members, have been the recipients of several special awards for their work with patients.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations uses PAC protocols to promote AAT/A, nationally and internationally. PAC assists other medical institutions, nationally and abroad, offering guidance in policy and procedures.
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