The Arts as Therapy: Healthcare Provider sees Benefits
Bristol Medical Center Rooted in the Planetree Philosophy
By Angela Wampler | August 01, 2007Being a hospitalized patient can be a traumatic experience. Bristol Regional Medical Center (BRMC) wants to soften that as much as possible by lowering stress and increasing the patient's comfort level — which can actually hasten the recovery process.
When someone is sick, a smile can seem a million miles away. Each spring, the healthcare providers try whatever it takes, even if it means wearing red clown noses and wigs, or welcoming storytellers and musicians into the facility, to bring joy to patients.
BRMC is part of the Wellmont Health System, which is affiliated with Planetree, a national organization creating healing environments. BRMC's Healing Arts Festival was born of the Planetree philosophy. The program is organized by Sloan Maes, RN, Director of Oncology Services at BRMC and the Nicewonder Cancer Center. For the last six years, the festival has featured an art gallery and a great deal of music, from single performers to groups, mainly in the hospital's lobby, but sometimes on each floor.
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Artists' background is in Color Therapy.
The Healing Power of Music
The Knoxville Symphony recently received a national Award for Excellence in Education for the orchestra's Music and Wellness Program.
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Local artists exhibit their works during the Healing Arts Festival.