Rush University Medical Center: Dogs & cats allowed

Turi contemplates Rush’s new policy allowing patients’ pets to visit them at the hospital, with associate VP of nursing operations, Diane Gallagher, who explains the benefits of having the animals around, while describing how they have handled potential problems involving the animals and/or other patients.

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Sadie, a 3-year-old dachshund, snuggles with her owner Bernadette Slesinski-Evans, who has ovarian cancer, during a visit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Rush is the first Chicago area hospital to allow dogs and other pets to visit their owners, who are terminally ill. (Keri Wiginton/Chicago Tribune)

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