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Healing Arts program hits the right note at Edward.

Naperville Sun HealthAware column:

Edward Hospital’s Healing Arts program
By: Edward Hospital | Submitted column
April 23, 2014

In directing Edward Hospital’s Healing Arts program, Candace Olander arranges what she calls “5-minute vacations” for patients, visitors and staff. The planes, trains and automobiles for these mini-breaks are the concerts given across Edward’s Naperville campus, and the rotating art exhibits featured at its Plainfield and Naperville locations.

“When you’re in a stressful situation you have to get out of your head once in a while, whether you’re an employee, a patient or a family member,” Olander said.

That might mean getting lost in a painting by a local artist or being touched by a piece of music. The program’s 12 professional musicians and numerous volunteers play a wide range of music in the lobbies, the Cancer Center, the Heart Hospital, and Same Day Surgery. Instruments range from piano, violin, guitar or harp, to more exotic instruments, such as a Japanese koto.

Carol Stream residents Don and Margaret Sutenbach have experienced the program from several perspectives. Don is a volunteer at the Edward Cancer Center, and Margaret receives regular treatments at the center for metastatic breast cancer.

“I love the music when I come in for infusion therapy,” Margaret said. “It’s very relaxing, especially the harp.”

Don oversees the volunteers who deliver food to the center’s outpatients.

“When I’m working, I might stop for a minute to listen to Ed Dulaney play the guitar, and I sing along in my head,” Don said. “It’s a peaceful feeling and helps pass the time.”

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