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East End Arts Music by the Bedside Expands to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead (posted September 21, 2016)

East End Arts Music by the Bedside Expands to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead (posted September 21, 2016)

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Press contact: Stephanie Israel
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East End Arts Music by the Bedside
Expands to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead
One-on-One Live Music Program for Comfort Care
Program, Commenced Summer 2016
Second Location for East End Arts Collaborative Music Program

(RIVERHEAD, NY, September 21, 2016) –– East End Arts and Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) are pleased to announce the start of the East End Arts Music by the Bedside program at PBMC's facility. Hosted at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, this experiential music program brings one-on-one live music performances to the bedside of patients who are in both palliative and critical care. These special one-on-one sessions are provided by East End Arts music students and faculty, as well as musicians interested in participating in the program. East End Arts Music by the Bedside program commenced in October 2015 at Peconic Landing, the award-winning LifeCare retirement community in Greenport. Less than a year after launch, the East End Arts Music by the Bedside program at Peconic Landing received the 2016 Innovation of the Year Award by named LeadingAge New York in August 2016, and East End Arts has now expanded the program to this second location at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

“We are so happy that in less than a year of initiating the program, Music by the Bedside has had such a significant impact on individuals, both residents and the music students and faculty participants involved,” said Diane Giardi, Education Director at East End Arts. “This one-on-one personal sharing of music by the bedside has added so much to the quality of life near the end of life. We are pleased that the program has been recognized in this way.”

The East End Arts Music by the Bedside program at Peconic Bay Medical Center is a collaboration between East End Arts musicians and the palliative care and skilled nursing center at Peconic Bay Medical. End of life care has many facets, and these musicians will help to foster feelings of peace and comfort through the power of music. Whether a peaceful song, a quiet flute solo, or the sound of a violin – the sound of music can help patients to connect with the soul, awaken memories, and enhance their quality of life.

While not medical caregivers, these East End Arts volunteers provide supportive comfort treatment. When Peconic Bay Medical Center’s caregivers deems it beneficial, the visiting musician will meet patients by the bedside and offer a song, a musical piece from their own repertoire, or even take a special request. These musicians will help provide patients with comfort, emotional support, presence, and a connection that only music can provide.

Volunteer musicians visit Peconic Bay Medical Center once a month for approximately one hour. The program began on Friday, June 3, 2016, featuring East End Arts School students, now alumni, Rebecca and Grace Lukachinski, twin sister vocalists who harmonize beautifully together.

Benefits of this program for patients include comfort, presence, emotional support, communication, engagement, joy, and support of physical well-being.

East End Arts Education Director Diane Giardi comments: “We look forward to continuing to expand this program to different healthcare centers on the East End, and are pleased that Peconic Bay Medical Center is a participant of this expansion. The program has proven to be an enriching experience for the receiver and the musicians themselves."

"The introduction of East End Arts Music by the Bedside program for our patients has been very well received," comments Donna Post, Palliative Care Nursing Coordinator at Peconic Bay Medical Center. "Music has enriched the services we can offer patients who are facing serious medical conditions. Music provides a diversion from long hospital days, and the unfavorable symptoms that patients may experience. Regardless of language or physical condition, music really is universal. It provides comfort, relaxation, and can provoke happy memories. Thank you to East End Arts for sharing the talents of musicians to enhance the lives of those who are suffering with illness. I want to share one story of a patient who was listening to a vocal student: the patient said to me she wished she could get up and dance, her physical condition could not provide her that wish. I stood at the end of the bed and told her she could tap her feet against my palms. For a short period her eyes closed, she tapped her feet and was lost in her memories of long ago days. This patient has since past, but this program brought such joy to her failing body – it was a gift."

"My experience drumming and sounding tuning forks for a patient and her family through East End Arts Music by the Bedside program was wonderful," shares John Kowalchyk, volunteer musician. "The hospital staff noted it was the first time she saw the patient's [adult] son smiling. He really enjoyed playing the drum with me. I was lifted as I witnessed the relief the two visitors felt during our session. For that short time, they broke free from their worries and sadness. What they don't know is how much joy I felt for being with them."

For a powerful overview of the program, view an inspiring video depicting the benefits of East End Arts Music by the Bedside program at Peconic Landing by visiting https://youtu.be/s6KDxLzwsOo.

There are numerous programs across the country that go by various names and provide music by the bedside for therapeutic purposes (i.e. Threshold Choir). These programs are an important part of a patient’s overall care and quality of life.

Quote by French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885): "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."

Musicians who are interested in finding out more about this program and how they might volunteer can contact Diane Giardi, East End Arts Education Director, at dgiardi@eastendarts.org or 631-369-2171.

For more information about this program, visit http://www.eastendarts.org/programs/music-by-the-bedside.html.

About East End Arts
East End Arts is a multi-award winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization serving the five East End towns of Long Island, NY since 1972, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. East End Arts is committed to building and enriching community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy and inspiration. Each year, East End Arts: exhibits 22 gallery shows in at least three locations, showcasing our community's talent, which provides presenting opportunities for roughly 800 artists in all disciplines; offers over 150 educational art, music, and theater programs as well as private music instruction to our region year-round, serving over 800 children and adults annually; presents over 15 events to celebrate the regions' rich artistic background; provides professional development and resources for both emerging and established artists through workshops, cultural arts forums and access to resources through social media and the web serving over 7,000 individuals; promotes local artists and musicians through education, presentation and community initiatives; and, presents programs for very low or no fee. To learn more about East End Arts, visit www.eastendarts.org.

About Peconic Bay Medical Center
Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) is a not-for-profit medical facility located in Riverhead, New York, which provides exceptional care for the communities of Eastern Suffolk County and all of Long Island. PBMC offers a wide range of health care services and wellness programs supported by state-of-the-art technology. Key services include a designated stroke center, an emergency center that treats over 30,000 patients a year, the award-winning Kanas Center for advanced surgery including the home of the da Vinci Surgical Robotics Program and winner of the joint commission gold seal for it's hip and knee joint replacement service. To learn more about the Peconic Bay Medical Center visit www.pbmchealth.org.

For more information about East End Arts Music by the Bedside, contact Diane Giardi, East End Arts Education Director at 631-369-2171 or dgiardi@eastendarts.org.
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is an award-winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefits the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.