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Hospital hopes harmony heals

Donna GrayPost Independent Staff

Patients will feel the healing effects of music when Valley View Hospital launches its Holistic Harmony program. The program is designed to promote a healing environment at the hospital. It will offer monthly concerts at noon every third Wednesday in the atrium of the new hospital wing, at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month, and at 1 p.m. the first and fourth Tuesdays at various locations in the hospital.The program begins at noon Tuesday, with Lesa Russo playing guitar; at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, its Mike King on piano; and at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, Michael Gurule playing Celtic harp.Hospitalization often provokes fear and anxiety, said Russo, a nurse at Valley View and a musician who is helping coordinate the program. The presence of music enhances the atmosphere for the hospital by providing inspiration to the mind, language for the emotion, and balm for the soul.Russo and Nancy Smith, who offers staff education at Valley View, collaborated on the program, which is intended to give people options. We see people who want to explore alternative medicine and alternative care. Music enhances learning and promotes healing, and reduces pain and fear, Russo said.The Holistic Harmony committee is looking for musicians to donate their time and music to fill out the program.The committee would like to have music that promotes a feeling of well-being and healing, Russo said. Interested musicians must submit a demo tape or audition and a written profile.For more information about the program or to volunteer as a musician, call Russo at 309-1701. Applications are available at the Health Source library at 2001 Blake Avenue, Suite A, across from the hospital.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com


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