Healing Arts Program
Healing Arts - Therapeutic Music
St. Mary's offers live music at no charge to patients on a first-come, first served basis. We have a wide range of musicians providing services. If you are a patient interested in having live, therapeutic music at the bedside, you may request this complimentary service through the nursing staff on your unit or call our Healing Arts Coordinator at 812.485.4882 or by paging us at 812.467.3882.
Benefits of Therapeutic Music
The beneficial relationship between music and healing has been well established for centuries. That's why St. Mary's Medical Center continues to use music as a complementary therapy for patients and families.
Some of the benefits of music in a hospital setting are:
- Reduction of stress and fear
- Relief from pain and discomfort
- Improved coping strengthened immune system
- Improved patient and family satisfaction
- Distraction during procedures
- Improved respirations
- Lowered blood pressure
- Relaxation of tense muscles
Healing Arts - Prayer Shawl Ministry
Volunteers from the Tri-State area also use their talents to knit and crochet prayer shawls and lap blankets. These shawls are given to patients who need an extra touch of love and prayer. Yarn is provided. If interested in sharing your gift of art or music, please call or email Cyndi Bickel, Healing Arts Coordinator, at 812.485.4882.