Jefferson University Hospitals

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Partners with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital To Stream Classical Music to Inpatients


Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has established a new collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to share classical music performances with the hospital's inpatient population. Patients will be able to enjoy chamber music performances via the GetWellNetwork, an interactive patient education system available at the bedside on the patient's television. The Orchestra has shared streaming rights to many of its performances with the hospital. Each concert, available on demand to patients, will include a video introduction by an official at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital or the Chamber Orchestra.

Stephen Klasko, M.D., M.B.A., President and C.E.O. of Thomas Jefferson University and the TJUH System said, "Philadelphia has a great musical tradition and a great medical tradition — it's wonderful to be able to bring them together to benefit our hospitalized patients."

Richard Pestell, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, said, "Research shows that music contributes significantly to medical care — it can aid in healing. These extraordinary musicians are here in our backyard in Philadelphia, and it’s fantastic to be able to offer their music to our patients."

Preliminary research points to music as an aid in reducing anxiety among patients. For example, a 2011 meta analysis concluded that anxiety in cancer patients can be reduced by music[1].

"Enriching the lives of our City's people is in the core of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's mission," remarked Peter H. Gistelinck, Chamber Orchestra Executive Director. "Our collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital gives us the opportunity to bring our performances to people who need the healing power of music the most."

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's Music Director, Dirk Brossé, commented, "I am excited to bring our orchestra's music from the theater to the halls of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Music has the unique ability to calm, comfort and uplift — all incredibly helpful and necessary benefits for any hospital patient. It is a gratifying opportunity for the Chamber Orchestra to support and participate in Jefferson patients' recovery."

[1] Bradt J, Dileo C, Grocke D, Magill L. Music interventions for improving psychological and physical outcomes in cancer patients. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD006911. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006911.pub2.

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