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Canine Companions for Independence Training Center in Texas Built By Baylor Scott & White Health

Baylor Scott & White Health and Canine Companions for Independence announce plans to build the first Canine Companions training center in Texas and the first in the nation to be connected to a health care system. This will be Canine Companions sixth training center in the country, and it will allow the organization to provide more highly trained assistance dogs free of charge to people with physical and developmental disabilities.
 
“Baylor Scott & White continually looks for innovative ways to achieve our mission: to serve all people by providing personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research as a
Christian ministry of healing,” said Joel Allison, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health. “Through this unique extension of care, Baylor Scott & White Health and Canine Companions for Independence desire to give people with physical or developmental disabilities an enhanced quality of life.”
 
“This collaboration with Baylor Scott & White Health will allow Canine Companions for Independence to continue changing lives by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing follow-up services to adults, children, and veterans, all free of charge, for generations to come,” said Corey Hudson, CEO of Canine Companions for Independence. “An expansion to Texas in 2015 – our 40th anniversary year – is an essential step and proof that we’ll continue to be the innovators and advocates we’ve always been, standing at the vanguard of the assistance dog service sector.”
 
Initial construction will begin in October and will include between six and eight dormitory rooms and 24 kennels. The training center will begin operation in the summer of 2015, with the overall objective of developing a campus capable of graduating approximately sixty 60 teams per year.
 
About Canine Companions for Independence
 
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has training centers across the country, including CA, FL, OH and NY. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services. For more information, call 1-800-572-BARK or visit: www.cci.org
 
About Baylor Scott & White Health
 
Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $8.6 billion* and serving a geographic area larger than the state of Maine, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 46 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 36,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan. For More Information visit: www.BaylorScottandWhite.com

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