New Music Therapy Program Helps Patients Cope

Vol. 17, No. 2
Spring/Summer 2007

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  • Advanced Wound Healing Comes to Winthrop

  • Winthrop Selected as National Training Center for CyberKnife�

  • Winthrop Celebrates Survivors

  • Healthy KIDS Takes the Show on the Road

  • Precious Purls Project Knits Memories for New Moms & Babies

  • Volunteer Louise Mazzaro Saluted for 33,500 Hours of Service

  • Smiles for Scott Foundation Brings Smiles to Pediatric Patients

  • Smiles for Scott Foundation Brings Smiles to Pediatric Patients

  • Golfers Raise More than $400,000 Under Sunny Skies at Winthrop�s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament

  • 10th Annual Opera Night Hits a High Note

  • First Annual Black & White Ball Raises More than $300,000 for CCK

  • Sleep Disorders Center Achieves Fourth Reaccreditation

  • Travel Smart: Visit Winthrop's Travel Center

  • Miracle Foundation Makes Second Grant of $50,000

  • Research at Winthrop Addresses Vioxx Heart Attack Risk

  • Accolades for Winthrop

  • New Smoke-Free Campus Policy

  • Michael Magro Foundation Donates VeinViewer Imaging System

  • Annual Swim-a-Thon Makes a Splash for Pediatrics

  • New Music Therapy Program Helps Patients Cope

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  • Music has long been recognized for its potential soothing effect, and in recent years has gained even greater respect as scientific research validates the clinical benefit to patients. According to Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), "music therapy is useful for addressing the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses."

    Thanks to a generous $34,000 grant from the Heather on Earth Music Foundation, Winthrop recently launched a music therapy program to help young patients cope with the emotions that often accompany hospitalization. This new program, part of Winthrop's Child Life Program, is benefitting children in the Hospital's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center and the Cancer Center for Kids.

    "Winthrop created the Child Life Program to address the emotional and developmental needs of our pediatric patients," said AnnMarie DiFrancesca, Director of Winthrop's Child Life Program. "Our new music therapy program provides a unique alternative coping mechanism through which children may express their emotions, cope with their illness and master their own hospital experience."

    The Heather on Earth Music Foundation was established by Geri Fessler in honor of her daughter Heather, who passed away in 1985. The mission of the Foundation is to establish funding for the implementation of music therapy programs in children's hospitals and to provide ongoing support to the programs.

    "Keeping Heather's memory alive on earth by bringing music into the hearts of children as they heal has created a great sense of inner peace for me," said Mrs. Fessler.

    Also a part of the music therapy program offerings at Winthrop, the Songs of Long Foundation creates free personalized songs that elicit smiles and joy from children and teens who are facing medical challenges. Established by John Beltzer in 1996 in honor of his twin brother Julio, Songs of Love produces unique songs, complete with the patient's name and personal details about their special interests and hobbies.

    For more information about Winthrop's Child Life Program or the Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center, call (516) 663-2761.

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