JourneyCare and Symphony Partner

08/19/18 at 12:20 PM by Cordt Kassner

JourneyCare and Elgin Symphony Orchestra partner to benefit hospice patients in Barrington

News Release

August 18, 2018

Barrington, IL—When it comes to treating seriously ill patients, it’s important to go beyond treating only pain and symptoms and, instead, care for the whole person—mind, body and spirit. That’s the mantra of the health care team at JourneyCare, which is launching a new partnership with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) Musicians Care program. “This new partnership complements JourneyCare’s philosophy of holistic care for patients, providing them with experiences that can bring comfort and help give them their best quality of life,” says Megan Andriano, supervisor for Integrative Care Services at JourneyCare. Beginning August 18, an ESO duo will play once a month for the entertainment and comfort of patients and their families at the JourneyCare Pepper Family Hospice CareCenter, a 16-bed facility at 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, Ill. The two-hour performances will be either conducted outdoors on the center’s central patio, from where patients can listen and watch while seated on the patios outside their private rooms, or inside the center’s central family area in inclement weather. Each performance date will feature a different combination of instruments, such as violin and cello, flute and cello, two violins or violin and viola, says Wendy Evans, the director of community engagement and orchestra personnel for the ESO, 20 DuPage Court, Elgin, Ill. … “The ESO Musicians Care program offers the beauty and peaceful power of live music to those who are suffering emotionally, physically and spiritually while away from their homes,” (Emily) Brownfield (director of corporate sponsorships and major gifts for the ESO) says. “We provide a brief reprieve from the tremendous challenges that patients and families face during the time of care.” (Summary per Hospice News Today)

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