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TODAY news for Thursday, April 30, 2007

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New pianos add musical touch to lobbies

Jerry Angell, a volunteer at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children�s Hospital, plays the new pianos twice a week to add a live musical touch to the lobbies.
Jerry Angell, a volunteer at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, plays the new pianos twice a week to add a live musical touch to the lobbies.
Two brand new pianos have been added to the lobbies in Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. Part of the music connection program run by volunteer services, the pianos add a live musical touch to the lobbies twice a week when volunteer Jerry Angell tickles the ivories.

“They are brand new and they play absolutely fantastic,” says Mr. Angell.

The music connection program strives to provide therapy to patients and visitors to Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as “the prescribed use of music to effect positive changes in the psychological, physical, cognitive, or social functioning of individuals with health or educational problems.” When used in a hospital setting, it is proven to alleviate pain; counteract depression, apprehension, and fear; and promote movement for physical rehabilitation.

For many patients and their families, the music connection program is a very meaningful and important aspect of their total care.

To get involved with the music connection program, please contact the volunteer services department at (909) 558-4654.

By Preston Clarke Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, April 30, 2007