NEW PIANO BRINGS PLANETREE PHILOSOPHY TO BRMC

BRISTOL – Patients at Bristol Regional Medical Center are discovering the healing power of music thanks to a new addition to the hospital lobby.

A baby grand player piano has been purchased and placed in the lobby, offering musical respite to those who pass by. The piano can be set in automatic player mode or can be manually played by patients, visitors, employees, physicians or volunteers.

The addition of the piano is part of the Planetree philosophy embraced by Wellmont Health System hospitals. Wellmont is one of only 40 healthcare organizations in the United States and Canada to join Planetree, an organization that recognizes the importance of family, education, spirituality, nutrition and architecture in a patient’s care.

“This goes along with our Planetree philosophy to create a comforting environment,” said Eric Deaton, Vice President of Finance and Operations at BRMC. “The healing process involves not just the body but also the mind and spirit.”

A ceremony to dedicate the piano was held at the hospital Thursday, April 26. Edith Koontz Cullop, a hospital volunteer, officially christened the piano by playing an original musical composition.

The Planetree philosophy of care has been selected as the official cause of the Wellmont Foundation’s 2001 Three Star Gala Hall of Fame. Proceeds raised by the gala will be used to further Planetree initiatives within the Wellmont hospitals.

At Bristol Regional, the gala dollars will be used to construct Healing Gardens. The gardens will include a fountain, plants and seating areas and will offer patients, visitors, physicians and employees a place for solitude and reflection.

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