K-9 helping patients at Allen Hospital

WATERLOO – Meet Krush.

Krush, a malinois and Dutch shepherd mix, has joined the team at UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital to help enhance the overall safety and comfort for patients, visitors, volunteers, students and other team members. He is under the care of safety and security manager Tyler McCormack, who accompanied him for five weeks of training at High Velocity Canine in New Hartford.

Krush came to Allen Hospital thanks to a grant from the Allen Foundation as well as a generous $13,000 gift from the Robert and Elizabeth McCoy Charitable Trust.

“Our family has always been dog lovers and my parents loved giving back for something that will benefit our community, so this was a perfect fit,” said Kathy McCoy, the trust’s donation designee. “Krush will be a tremendous asset for the hospital.”

Krush can provide therapeutic interaction, deter disruptive behavior, reduce the use of restraints during de-escalation situations, detect controlled substances, track missing people, enhance ALICE active shooter training and more.

Additional resources are still needed to fulfill all Krush’s skills and abilities.

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