Please join us in recognizing Henrietta, our therapy dog, for her 13 years of service at the Hudner Oncology Clinic at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, MA. Henrietta died last year. Henrietta, together with Sister Thomas More, a Dominican Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, greeted many of our patients and families during their visits to the clinic.
The story began when Henrietta was literally born in our parking lot on the day her owner, a patient at the clinic, came for treatment. Thanks to the generosity of one of our oncology physicians she became our waiting room dog, and was named Henrietta by Sister Thomas More.
Henrietta was ultimately adopted by an oncology nurse. The nurse and her family provided a loving home for Henrietta and brought her to the clinic where, under the supervision of Sister Thomas More, Henrietta did her “ministry.” Henrietta was a favorite of staff, visitors and patients. She will always be missed and fondly remembered.
Revised and reprinted with permission of “News You Can Use,” Saint Anne’s Hospital, Falls River, MA. March 26, 2012.