St. Joseph Health employee donates piano to hospital
Eureka, CA (March 14, 2013) – Patients of St. Joseph Hospital's (SJH) Inpatient Rehabilitation
unit will now be able to enjoy a touch of music therapy thanks to the
donation of a piano. Sharon Hunter, manager of SJH's Care Transitions
program, generously donated her piano earlier this month to the department.
"The piano was very special to me. It even withstood a house fire,"
Hunter said. Additionally, she said "It's a survivor and I thought
it could be a source of inspiration for patients who are trying to return
to a productive lifestyle after an injury or illness."
While patients in the Inpatient Rehab unit go through a carefully planned
rehab program, non-traditional forms of medicine, such as musical therapy,
can help play a role in a patient's healing process. "For many
of our patients, music has been a hobby, or in some cases, a profession.
Our inpatient rehabilitation focuses on treating the whole person –
addressing not just their medical needs, but also incorporating music
and other passions as part of their recovery," said Jim Peaker, regional
director of rehabilitation services for St. Joseph Health – Humboldt
County. Additionally, Peaker said "Sometimes hearing a familiar tune
can bring sunshine to an otherwise cloudy day for our patients. I look
forward to hearing songs and Christmas carols as patients, family and
staff gather around the piano."
The donation was truly a team effort as Humboldt Moving and Storage and
Bill Ryder, a local piano technician and musician, donated moving services
and tuning services for the piano.
St. Joseph Hospital's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit provides patient-focused
rehabilitation care for individuals who have suffered a debilitating injury
or illness. The goal of rehabilitation is to enable those who have experienced
disabling conditions to achieve their fullest potential for recovery and
to re-enter the community. The program excels in an area that many rehabilitation
units do not – returning patients to their homes as opposed to a
skilled nursing facility or care home. While the national average for
rehabilitation units sending patients home is 70 percent, SJH's unit
sends an average of 83 percent home.