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“I realized this program could grow to benefit more patients, and I could be a part of making that happen.” – Paula Walker Cynthia Krause, Paula Walker and Lesley Martinelli symptoms and quality of life. The NIH team concluded that these therapies significantly reduced anxiety, depression and pain, and improved patients’ quality of life. Baylor’s Interest in the Arts Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center has offered significant arts and healing programs for many years. Specifically, the Virginia R. Cvetko Patient Education Center has provided music practitioners for patients at the bedside and performing and visual arts in common areas at both the Baylor Sammons Cancer Center and Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital. The Baylor Sammons Cancer Center and Baylor Pickens Cancer Hospital treated some 8,000 patients through 80,000 visits in 2014. More than half of those patients benefitted from one of the art programs offered through the Cvetko Center. These numbers, fueled by patient feedback and new research on the benefits of the arts in healing, drove our vision to create a more comprehensive Arts in Medicine Institute. Vision becomes reality through transformational gift In April, the Foundation received a transformational three-year grant for $1,053,000 from the Paula S. Walker Donor Advised Fund at The Dallas Foundation, to support salaries of an Arts in Medicine Coordinator, two music practitioners and an art therapist, in addition to funding an Artist in Residence program and staff training. This grant focuses on the initial phase of our vision to create the infrastructure necessary to undergird core patient services. The comprehensive vision of our Arts in Medicine Institute is to: n Integrate the visual, music and performing arts to promote healing n Enhance the lives of our patients, their families, visitors and our caregivers n Build community partnerships around the arts, health and medicine n Create a broad system of delivery through technology The Power of Stories “I was searching for something significant to give to and Cynthia (Krause) brought this idea to me,” said Paula Walker. “She introduced me to Judith Ritchie, music practitioner at Baylor, and I was further impressed. When my friend came to Baylor with late stage cancer, I was grateful Judith was there. Her music had a calming, peaceful influence on him and helped alleviate his suffering and depression. The music also helped lighten the experience for my friend, his loved ones and friends. Working with my advisor, Dodee Crockett, and Lesley Martinelli with The Dallas Foundation, I realized this program could grow to benefit more patients, and I could be a part of making that happen.” Roxanne Sadau was a patient treated at Baylor in 2014. Her husband, Ernie, credits the music practitioner program for helping his wife during her cancer treatment: “My wife was in a lot of pain, and she was dealing with significant issues emotionally,” he wrote to Cvetko Center leaders. “However, she would look forward to the music therapy every day. … There was no doubt that was a major component to the total healing process of mind, body and spirit for my wife.” This expansion Creating an Arts in Medicine Institute is good not only for our patients, but also for Baylor and our community. “Over the past two decades, top-tier major medical centers around the country have begun developing effective Arts in Medicine programs, and it is important for Baylor to be a leader in this movement in North Texas and our state,” Bonnie said. “The city of Dallas is a rising star in the arts,” she added. “Baylor can capitalize on this momentum by partnering with the arts community and take its place among those prestigious national health care institutions.” For more information on how you can support the Arts in Medicine Institute, contact Cynthia Krause at 214.820.7928 or Cynthia.Krause@ BaylorHealth.edu. 7