Volunteer Musicians Give the Gift of Music
Music has been shown to enhance the healing process and create a pleasing, relaxing, and stress-reducing environment for patients, their families, visitors and staff according to a recent release from Enloe Medical Center in Chico. That’s why volunteer musicians perform at Enloe. “Enloe’s program addresses a diverse population of patients, families and staff”, said Roseanna Galindo-Kuhn, Director of Volunteer Services. “Music from various cultures, as well as classical, mellow jazz, easy listening, folk and world music are appropriate in a hospital setting.” Detailed information about music that promotes a sense of well-being – as well as music that does not work in a healing environment – is provided in the guidelines available to musicians before they audition to volunteer their time.
The mission of the Enloe Volunteer Musician Program is to serve Enloe Medical Center through the service of trained volunteer musicians who provide live music at the hospital. Training includes the general volunteer orientation as well as training specific to this very special placement. The program is part of Enloe’s Planetree approach to offering patient-centered care in a healing environment. Planetree is an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization that connects hospitals with tools and ideas for demystifying and personalizing the health care experience for patients.
The Volunteer Musician Program is one of several ways that Enloe has enhanced the hospital experience with music. Others include partnerships with Chico Performances and the Chico State Music Department as well as a new music system that pipes in relaxing, recorded music through areas of the medical center.
For more information, visit http://www.enloe.org.