BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL
Healthy People – Outstanding Care
$13,000 in donations
arrives for music therapy program
BROCKVILLE – More than $13,000 has been raised for the Palliative Care Music
Therapy program following a special fundraising concert held earlier this
Approximately 200 people attended the Brockville General Hospital Palliative
Care concert at First Presbyterian Church on March 4. The Life of Music
concert featured regional musicians who donated their time and talents, and
the crowd enjoyed a reception organized by the Palliative Care volunteers,
who spent many hours baking treats for the reception.
were really pleased with the turnout,” said Sherry Anderson, BGH Director of
Complex Care, Palliative Care and Rehabilitation, who attributed the
concert’s success to the team effort. “The Palliative Care staff and the
volunteers really came together and gave 100 per cent.”
concert itself raised $2,500, including a donation of $300, and the program
has also received a bequest for $10,819, according to the Brockville and
District Hospital Foundation.
addition, the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation sponsored the
event, paid for the advertising and provided the start-up funding for the
program last fall.
a great program, and we’ve very proud to be supporting it,” said Tom
Russell, Executive Director of the 1000 Islands Community Development
Corporation, adding that the BGH Palliative Care team is doing “wonderful
work” to help patients.
community is really coming together to support this program,” commented BGH
President and CEO Ray Marshall, who was among the crowd enjoying the music
on concert night.
musicians included Doug Healy of the duo Healy and Orr, A.J. Benoit, Iain
MacNeil, Rebekka Paige, Melanie Morris and Dave Balfour of the band Guthrie
House, and the program’s music therapist, Courtney Radbourne. The emcee was
Tom Janson. Ms. Anderson said the musicians were wonderful to give their
time and entertain the appreciative crowd.
music therapy program started last September. Ms. Radbourne, the music
therapist, visits palliative care patients at home, through the hospice
program, and at both the Garden Street and Charles Street sites of
Brockville General Hospital. She brings instruments, and the patients can
sing, play and compose music with her. Sometimes the families join in as
therapy is a real asset to the Palliative Care program,” Ms. Anderson said.
“It provides a wonderful break in the patients’ day, and a time to relax and
enjoy life at a difficult time. The patients really benefit from music
therapy. It’s a form of treatment that helps with pain and symptom
program is funded entirely through donations, which can be made at the
Brockville and District Hospital Foundation office, located at BGH’s Charles
Street site. Call 613-345-4478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donors can
specify that their donations be used for this program.
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therapist Courtney Radbourne works with Palliative Care patients at
Brockville General Hospital. The Music Therapy program, funded entirely
through donations, has received more than $13,000 following a concert held
in Brockville earlier this month.
more information, please contact:
613-345-5649 Ext. 1-1504
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