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Retirement Party for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Pet Therapy Dog
EVENT: Retirement Party for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Pet Therapy Dog, “Levi”

WHEN: TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 26, 2013

TIME: 3 p.m.

PLACE: Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, 7 Richland Medical Park Drive, in the atrium

ABOUT: A ‘gentle giant’ Great Dane named Levi will be surrounded by admirers including the children, caregivers and staff whose lives he brightens each week in his role as a pet therapy dog at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. The Child Life department will host a retirement party for Levi, who has been visiting hospitalized children and their families since 2007.

Levi’s owner, Butch Younginer, recognizes the physical and emotional toll on caregivers and the families of patients. “That is why we take the time to include hospital staff and families in our visits,” said Younginer.

“The Child Life staff is wonderful and they make it easy for us to provide therapy at Children’s Hospital,” he said. “We get to know some of the children really well and they look forward to seeing their favorite animals. I have personally benefited from the healing powers of a dog’s unconditional love. Being a Pet Partner allows me to share that power of love with others who are dealing with major life-changing events.”


About Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital was South Carolina’s first pediatric hospital and celebrates its 30th birthday this year. Each year, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital treats more than 80,000 sick and injured children. As a major pediatric referral center, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital maintains more than 30 medical subspecialties devoted strictly to children. For more information, visit

About Pet Partners
Pet Partners is an internationally respected organization that defined the standards for animal-assisted activities and therapy, commonly known as “pet therapy.” There are more than 10,000 Pet Partners throughout the United States, and more in other countries. For more about Pet Partners in central South Carolina, visit