June 27, 2014 | by Dominique Grignetti
Music makes a difference – in patient mood and in patient healing. To that end, patient care at City of Hope now has a special new program called the Musicians On Call Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program, which brings live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their hospital beds.
As a comprehensive cancer center committed to treating the whole patient, City of Hope understands that music can lift the human spirit and enhance treatment programs. Studies have shown that live music soothes hospital patients by lowering blood pressure and reducing anxiety. For cancer patients in need of an emotional boost, soothing music or an upbeat singalong can be especially powerful.
“Musicians On Call brings so much joy to not only the patients, but also their caregivers and their health care team,” said Gayle Gilbert from City of Hope’s Department of Supportive Care Medicine. “We are grateful to have the musicians come share their talents. Patients tell us the experience helps take their mind off a rough day.”
This program would not be possible if not for Alissa Pollack. She's executive vice president of Music and Partner Integrations at Premiere Radio, as well as a board member of the Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group at City of Hope and of Musicians On Call. Pollack started the program in honor of her father who passed away from cancer last year.
To officially launch and celebrate the new program, Pollack invited Grammy-nominated singer songwriter Gavin DeGraw to City of Hope. After speaking about the powerful influence of music in his own life, DeGraw sang “Chariot” for the patients in attendance and visited patients in their rooms.
Every Friday afternoon, musicians will come to City of Hope to perform for patients in City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital. If you'd like to participate in the program, please contact the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center.
Learn more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting us online or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). Our staff will explain what previous medical records we'll need for your first appointment and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.