AtlantiCare portrait honors therapy dog Riley Ashner

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Marvin Ashner of Longport stands beside a portrait commemorating his Wheaten Terrier, Riley. AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program commissioned the portrait in honor of the dog, who served as a therapy pet at AtlantiCare’s City Campus. Marvin Ashner of Longport stands beside a portrait commemorating his Wheaten Terrier, Riley. AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program commissioned the portrait in honor of the dog, who served as a therapy pet at AtlantiCare’s City Campus.

Friends of Riley, a Wheaten terrier, gathered Friday, Dec. 13 to honor the canine.

Riley, with longtime friend and owner Marvin Ashner of Longport, served as a volunteer at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center since 2010.

The dog who died in May, left a legacy.

“Research tells us that pets can lower our blood pressure and even reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness,” AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center President Lori Herndon said. “Riley brought countless smiles to our patients and helped reduce the stress that many patients feel when they are sick and away from home.”

Riley’s contribution to patients, and the affection between the Riley and Ashner, is commemorated in a portrait by artist Missy Mohn Schwartz, of Haddonfield, commissioned by AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program.

“Today is our chance to give back to these special volunteers – to remember Riley and to offer our perpetual thanks to Marvin, who continues to make contributions to our community in many ways,” Herndon said.

The portrait will hang in the Stanley M. Grossman Pediatrics Center, where Riley’s memory will continue to bring smiles to the children, family members and visitors to AtlantiCare’s City Campus.

 


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