Musical Melodies Heal Body and Spirit at Methodist Germantown Hospital
From classical, to jazz, to show tunes, and even the oldies, twice a week music from a violin, guitar, flute, or piano fills the hallways, waiting rooms, and patient rooms at Methodist Germantown Hospital. It’s all part of the music therapy program where musicians play to lift patients’ spirits and help heal the body and soul.
“At Methodist we focus on patient-and family-centered care, and offering a music therapy program is something that our patients definitely enjoy and benefit from,” said Diane Ridgway, president for Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.
Kathy Tuberville enjoys the lively and lovely music of guitarist Davey Ray Bennett. Recovering from pneumonia, Tuberville has been in the hospital for eight days. Bennett’s music helped ease the monotony of a hospital visit.
“I loved it,” said Tuberville. “I played piano and organ. Music is part of a holistic approach to healing. You need to treat the mind, body, and spirit. Music touches the soul and it can be part of the healing process.”
The music therapy program began in January and patients, their families, and visitors, have enjoyed the musical addition. Nurses and doctors tell stories of patients and their family members and visitors leaving their rooms to come out to the hall to see where the music is coming from.
“There are so many types of music that everyone can relate to it,” said Joseph Sturdivant, MD. “Music is a way to connect with someone and it gives patients a lift, and helps raise their spirits and helps them feel better.”
In fact, Dr. Sturdivant says studies show that music can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Music can also help increase the body's production of the antibody immunoglobulin A which helps attack invading viruses and boost the immune system's effectiveness.
The music therapy program for 2017 was made possible due to a grant from the Methodist Women’s Auxiliary. The hospital is looking for another grant for 2018 so it can continue this beneficial program. For information, contact Laura Barden at Laura.Barden@mlh.og.