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Sweet Pea, a rescue cat, has become a treasured companion to staff and residents at Ecument Le Center. | John Cross

Home is where the cat is Sweet Pea and her strange sixth sense have transformed Ecumen Le Center By Leticia Gonzales

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t’s not uncommon for nursing homes to have a few pets in residents’ rooms or even in the main living area itself. But when Dr. Jean Craig, a family medicine physician at Parkview Medical Clinic in New Prague prescribed a feline for the Ecumen facility in Le Center, former House Manager Chris Carter never imagined how connected the residents would get to the cat. “She said, ‘You know what you need here, Chris, is a cat,’” 18 • may 2014 • MANKATO MAGAZINE

Carter said. Craig, who had patients at Ecumen Le Center, has a hobby of rescuing stray cats and nursing them back to health. Out of the 78 cats she has found homes for over the past five years, Sweet Pea is the first one to be placed at an assisted-living center like Ecumen Le Center. “She has a heart of gold,” Carter said of Craig. “Her and I have spent a lot of time talking about how things mesh, and

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