The Healing Notes music program creates a unique and comforting service for patients at the hospital through the use of music.
The music comes from local musicians and groups, who perform in the hospital lobby, hallways and approved patient rooms to lift patients’ and families’ spirits during their hospital stay.
Studies have shown how music improves medical outcomes and quality of life for patients in various ways. A recent Harvard Medical School article describes music’s ability to reduce anxiety and stress associated with surgery, quell nausea associated with chemo and radiation therapies, aid in pain relief, and even reduce the need for pain medication.
Healing Notes performances are receiving rave reviews from patients. Additionally, the musicians and groups enjoy performing and sharing their music with visitors, patients and families at the hospital.
EvergreenHealth Monroe plans to expand the Healing Notes music program by enlisting more musicians and entertainers from Snohomish County schools and the greater community. The goal is to provide patients with weekly performances as the program develops further.
The music program is also exploring ways to set up closed circuit broadcasts of performances to be transmitted to television sets in patient rooms.