KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis Features Arts + Healthcare’s Live Music

November 17, 2011

When I am in the hospital, I tend to have an acute sense of seriousness. I think it’s hard not to experience this, since we are all aware that people are here, right now, to have their health restored and to be cared for. While this feeling isn’t necessarily a bad thing – over time it can lead to stress and anxiety, which definitely are not good things.

That’s where Mary and Howard Surtherland come in to brighten this picture! Mary and Howard are musicians who volunteer their time through the Arts + Healthcare Program every week to bring live music to everyone passing through the Center for Advanced Medicine lobby at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. With Mary on piano and Howard singing, moments spent walking through the lobby become relaxing, rejuvenating and a break from the expected sterile environment of a hospital. The community has been so taken by the Sutherlands, that KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis paid them a visit while they played yesterday. Their interview and clips from their performance aired on Show Me at 12:30 today; check out the clip here.

The Arts + Healthcare program is possible because of charitable gifts to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. To support the program, please visit our online giving form.

-Abby Hughes

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  1. Scott says:

    I think the piano in the Center for Advanced Medicine is a very cool presence in our hospital and helps establish a true healing environment. Every time I travel through the CAM, I hope to catch someone performing. Last week it was a very talented woman cranking out some Rachmaninoff. It was beautiful.

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