Music is Good Medicine is an initiative of Spiritual Care Services that brings musically talented volunteers, accompanied by professionally trained chaplains, to perform at the bedside for UCSF Medical Center patients and their loved ones. They offer a broad repertoire of musical selections from various religious and cultural backgrounds, in several languages, and for different holiday seasons throughout the year. For many patients, hearing a familiar song while they are hospitalized brings their hopes and concerns to the surface. Discussing these concerns with the chaplain and hearing a beloved song brings them comfort and hope, and improves their sense of wellbeing.
Any interested musicians who sing or play soft-sounding instruments can call 415-353-1941 for more information and to schedule an audition.
Comments from a patient and family member about Music is Good Medicine:
“This afternoon my wife Vickie was released from UCSF to be transferred to St. Francis Acute Rehab Center. As I, our son George, and my wife’s guide dog Angela were also heading out to leave, we met two of your wonderful volunteers, Pegi Walker and Catherine. Catherine played her beautiful violin wonderfully. We all loved her music, and “Angela” was tilting her head to catch the sound just right! George took a video with his phone and my wife so enjoyed it. She used to play Mendelssohn on violin when she was young, but had to stop playing since she had neck problems. I just wanted to jot you a note to say how much we appreciate your volunteers and what they do. Vickie, “Angela” and I also volunteer in Honolulu at the two hospice centers of St. Francis Healthcare System. So we can appreciate oh so well what your team is doing for the sick and their families!!
God bless them and what they do!