April 16, 2014

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Music therapy fills the halls of Medina Hospital

MEDINA — Local musicians and students from Baldwin Wallace University are volunteering their time to play music for patients and staff at Medina Hospital.

The hospital hopes to host the concerts at least once per month.

Julia Mansfield, a Baldwin Wallace University student, plays a guitar in the main lobby of Medina Hospital on Friday afternoon during a concert for staff, patients and visitors. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

“We think it’s helpful for the patients’ relaxation and well-being, as well as the staff,” said Joe Rinderknecht, hospital chaplain and spiritual care specialist.

On Friday, Julia Mansfield, of Jefferson, performed a guitar recital in the lobby. Her music could be heard in second- and third-floor rooms.

“Our hope is to eventually pipe the music through the PA system so everyone can enjoy it,” Rinderknecht said.

Mansfield is a student at Baldwin Wallace University, majoring in music therapy with a specialty in guitar.

Rinderknecht said the university has been great with getting students to volunteer to perform.

“We’ve been blessed that the community has been great about volunteering,” he said.

The hospital also is looking for high school students and adults interested in performing at the hospital. Performers are asked to submit a tape or present audition music.

For more information, call Rinderknecht at (330) 725-1000, ext. 5188.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

  • http://www.facebook.com/musictherapy.portland MusicTherapy Portland

    I think it’s wonderful that the community is reaching out like this. Music can provide profound physiological and psychological results for many patients. If you have the opportunity to check out some of ways in which music therapy is used in the hospital setting, it might help provide some parameters so that you’re meeting the needs of all individuals within the hospital…even those who might decline the offer to experience music or prefer a different genre.

  • Angela Berry

    I heard from so many people the Hospital has a wonderful volunteer program. I’m glad to see hospitals are going beyond science to heal people. Some times all we need is a few hugs and a teddy bear!