Baylor Scott & White Health and Canine Companions for Independence are building 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 Paul Mundell, 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.”
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 in California, Florida, Ohio and New York. 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 $9 billion* and serving a population larger than the state of Virginia, 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 49 hospitals, more than 800 access points, more than 5,800 active physicians, 35,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan. For more information visit BaylorScottandWhite.com
* based on unaudited fiscal year 2014 financial statements
Visit the Campus
The Kinkeade Campus will be located at 7710 Las Colinas Ridge, Irving, Texas 75063.