Music comforts patients at Valley View |

Music comforts patients at Valley View

Hospitalization often provokes fear and anxiety. The presence of music enhances the atmosphere for the hospital by providing inspiration to the mind, language for the emotions and balm for the soul. Valley View Hospital recognizes the importance of meeting not only the physical needs of patients, but also their emotional, mental, spiritual and aesthetic needs. Music promotes a healing environment in which patients can play an integral part.The music program at Valley View Hospital offers a weekly visit from musicians in this area to play for patients and staff.The Holistic Harmony committee is looking for music to address the diverse population of patients and staff. Emphasis is on music which promotes a feeling of well-being and healing. The committee does require a demo tape or audition, and a musician profile must be filled out. This information will be used to determine appropriateness of music, and for promotional flyers. If potential participants have their own flyers to distribute, please include them.The music program is run on a volunteer basis. Donation of time is awarded according to hours performed. After four hours of volunteer time within a year, participants are eligible to attend the volunteer spring luncheon.If you are interested in providing live performances for enhancing the healing environment for patients in the hospital, please call Lesa Russo, Holistic Harmony performance coordinator, at 309-1701.The next big event is the first anniversary dinner, to be held from 6-9 p.m. June 15. The Holistic Harmony Program hopes to have many of the valley musicians that have volunteered at the hospital during this first year attend the event. Various artists will be performing May 18 and May 30. Call 309-1701 or 384-6651 for more details.LIFT-UP movingLIFT-UP will be moving into a new facility in Rifle in the near future. Executive Director Mike Powell wants everyone to know that it is against the law to dump items at the organization’s facilities after hours. If people truly want to help, they should come while the facilities are open or call for an appointment to come at another time. More than half of what is brought to LIFT-UP goes to the landfill, costing dump fees, gas, wear and tear on the vehicle and employee time, and uses resources that could be used to help someone in need. LIFT-UP thanks everyone for their understanding.Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” appears every other Wednesday. Kay is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission and can be reached at 945-8515, ext. 513, or by e-mail at

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