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2nd Annual Arts in Medicine Showcase highlights ways the arts promote patient comfort

Hospice of Health First showcases how music, pets, and more can reduce stress

ROCKLEDGE, FL - From using 'live' music and massage therapy at the bedside, to 'Hounds of Hospice' therapy dogs, to reduce stress, the arts have emerged as an effective tool for healthcare professionals to promote comfort and relaxation of patients, caregivers, and family members.

Since an Arts in Medicine Program was first brought to Health First hospitals, Hospice of Health First has witnessed the impact on patients and families, and now incorporates art into its programs as well.

To showcase the various aspects of how art can be an integral part of hospice services, Hospice of Health First is hosting the second annual "Arts in Medicine Showcase" on Saturday, April 10, from 10 am to 2 pm at The Avenue, Viera. Take I-95 to exit 191 (Wickham Road). Turn west onto Wickham Road. Continue past the Wal-Mart on the right. Bear to the right after the Wal-Mart onto Lake Andrew Drive. The center is 1/2 mile on the right. This special event is free and open to the public.

The Arts in Medicine Showcase will offer participants information on how the arts are being used in Hospice of Health First's programs through exhibits, speakers, and interactive activities. Some of the Arts in Medicine offerings featured include five 'live' music concerts, massage demonstrations, gardening and herbal therapies, as well as visits by certified therapy dogs and their trainers. There will also be take-home, hand-made art for children.

A proud member of the Health First family of healthcare services, Hospice of Health First is not-for-profit and uses an integrated team approach to provide a range of services to patients and their families coping with the effects of life-limiting illness. Hospice of Health First provides in-home hospice care, inpatient care at the William Childs Hospice House (Brevard's only freestanding hospice facility), bereavement support services, children's grief support services through the Bright Star Center for Grieving Children & Families, Hounds of Hospice (therapy dogs), as well as respite and support services provided by specially trained Hospice Volunteers. For more information about Hospice of Health First or the Arts in Medicine Showcase, call 952-0494.

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