Companion Pet Hospital cares for Philly’s furry friends and the environment.
While strolling along rowhouse-lined 5th Street in Pennsport, you might be surprised to pass the newly opened Companion Pet Hospital (CPH). The modern building, which sits between Dickinson and Tasker, stands out in this historic South Philly neighborhood. It houses a full-service veterinary hospital run by Dr. Cori Majeska and her husband, Josh Weber.
Touring the building (which is still undergoing some finishing touches) is like being a kid in a sustainable candy store. First there’s the striking living wall, which climbs two stories from the first floor reception area. The staff planted it themselves—after some DIY instruction from YouTube—and waters it twice a day. “It’s definitely for our clients, but it’s also really good for our staff,” says Majeska. There also are plans for a green roof to be planted in the spring.
Weber, who acts as hospital manager, is also proud of CPH’s use of computer technology and high-tech gadgets. They are a paperless office, with all records kept electronically. When patients are admitted, pet owners write their information on an erasable, reusable sign-in sheet and everything is transferred into the computer immediately. All invoices and medical records are emailed, and their credit card machine is an iPod Touch, which allows clients to sign on screen and have the receipt emailed to them. In addition, CPH invested in high-powered Dyson hand dryers, which cut down on the use of paper towels. They use rags and washcloths to wipe down surfaces, and are especially excited about their new laundry area. CPH also opted for a digital X-ray system, which eliminates the need for developing chemicals and allows for convenient emailing.
Majeska, Weber and the entire CPH team are thrilled to be up and running after three years of preparation. They recently hosted an open house to unveil their new space, and have plans to add a retail space and grooming facilities in the future.
1524 S. 5th St., (215) 703-7387, www. companion-pets.com