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METROHEALTH HONORS FORMER PATIENT AND HER CANINE FRIEND

 METROHEALTH HONORS FORMER PATIENT AND HER CANINE FRIEND
 A paraplegic Bay Village woman will be honored by MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation on Sept. 17, and will share the spotlight with her golden retriever in a demonstration of how the dog helps her with everyday chores.
 Janet Neal, a former patient at MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation, will receive the Rehabilitation Awareness Award in a noon ceremony in the Atrium of the Outpatient Plaza at MetroHealth Medical Center. The award recognizes her efforts to advance understanding of the physically challenged.
 Neal has a constant companion and trusted friend in Wallace. The gentle, highly trained animal can turn off light switches, remove items from store shelves, give credit cards to clerks, unload a clothes dryer, push elevator buttons and perform many other daily tasks that may be beyond the reach of a person in a wheelchair.
 Wallace is a graduate of Canine Companions for Independence, a national organization that trains dogs to assist people with disabilities. As regional ambassador for the group, Neal makes joint appearances with Wallace around Ohio.
 Also being honored by MetroHealth is the nonprofit Services for Independent Living, which will receive a Community Service Award in recognition of its work to ensure that people with disabilities have the chance to fully participate in community life.
 The awards program is being held in conjunction with National Rehabilitation Week, Sept. 13-19.
 MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation offers comprehensive rehabilitative treatment to patients with serious injuries and chronic illnesses. It is the largest inpatient rehabilitation facility in Cuyahoga County and one of the largest in the country. Services are provided at sites throughout The MetroHealth System, including a 172-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and a new, 49,000-square-foot outpatient facility.
 CONTACT: Terry Pederson of The MetroHealth System, 216-459-3699.
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