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Harrison's Mathis Guild Brings Music to Patient Rooms - 1/30/2012

C.A.R.E. channel brought to hospital through annual fund raising efforts.

Bremerton, WA-Harrison Medical Center is now offering patients on both of its acute care campuses at Bremerton and Silverdale in-room access to the soothing sights and sounds of The C.A.R.E. Channel. CARE is an acronym that stands for Continuous Access Relaxation Environment. The cost of installation and subscription to this first year of programming was donated by Harrison’s Mathis Guild.

“We wanted caregivers and patients alike to have music in the hospital rooms,” said Lisa Phipps, President of the Mathis Guild, and a resident of Port Orchard. “The care team actually brought this to us, as the cost for the channel is outside the scope of operations this year. Our guild members feel this enhances Harrison’s mission of providing exceptional patient care. It’s the right thing to do.”

Found on the hospital's televisions, The C.A.R.E. Channel features stunning nature imagery and original instrumental music. Operating 24-hours a day, it includes unique night-time programs. Whether day or night, the evidence-based programming has shown to support a healing environment. It promotes restfulness and sleep, a reduction in noise and stress, and it contributes to both patient and staff satisfaction.

“The channel gives us one more item in our tool chest to help make a positive difference for our patients and their loved ones,” said Cindy May, Chief Nursing Officer for the 93-year old Medical Center. “Hospital stays have changed significantly since our first day of patient care in 1918. However, what remains constant is our dedication to exceptional healthcare. The CARE channel enhances our healing work going on inside Harrison.”

As noted, the C.A.R.E. Channel was made possible by the Maurice S. Mathis Guild, a fundraising chapter of the Harrison Medical Center Foundation. The gift was funded through proceeds from its annual luncheon event. The 2012 fund raising luncheon will be held on Friday, May 4, at the Kitsap Golf & Country Club. Their goal is to fund hospital programs and services, like the C.A.R.E. Channel that make a positive difference to patients, their loved ones and the care team at Harrison Medical Center and fulfill their broader mission of providing exceptional healthcare. To learn more about the Mathis Guild and the Harrison Foundation, visit their website at www.harrisonmedical.org/giving or call 360-744-6760.