Omaha Symphony, Children’s Hospital Entertains Patients
August 14th, 2013
Omaha, NE — The Omaha Symphony and the Childrenâ€™s Hospital and Medical Center hosted a play and learn workshop Wednesday at Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Omaha.
Patients and their families were invited to the hospitalâ€™s atrium to have a chance at playing the violin and cello. Children were also encouraged to make their own instruments with common household items.
Lance and Deb Dahlâ€™s five-year-old daughter, Eve, is a patient at the hospital. The family has made three trips to Omaha from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to treat Eveâ€™s bone condition.
â€œThis is Eveâ€™s third surgery this year so whenever we can incorporate a little bit of fun or learning into the experience itâ€™s always beneficial to her,â€ Deb said. â€œShe smiles and sheâ€™s happy and thatâ€™s always a good thing when youâ€™re dealing with surgeries.â€
Childrenâ€™s Hospital is a corporate sponsor of the Omaha
Symphony. Adam Goos, vice president of education and community partnerships at the symphony, said the event provides a quality and engaging environment for patients and their families.
â€œItâ€™s a really great opportunity for us to reach kids who may not be able to make it down to our concerts for our family concert experiences and itâ€™s a great way for us to give back to our community,â€Â Goos said. â€œThey get the chance to hold a violin and see what it feels like and try to play it or bang on some drums with us for a while.â€
Jeff and Angie Busch decided to bring their twelve-year-old son Jerryd (sp?) to the event in order to give him an opportunity to have a little fun post-surgery.
â€œThey hurt and there are so many hard things about the hospital so itâ€™s really good to have positive things,â€ Angie said. â€œThey have so many different activities that itâ€™s a good distraction.â€
Rob Harding, communications resource specialist at the Childrenâ€™s Hospital said itâ€™s important to get children up and moving around as quickly as you can after surgery.
â€œWe know through research that music does have healing properties,â€ Harding said. â€œWe have a harpist from the Omaha symphony who comes to the hospital on a monthly basis. When the harpist is playing itâ€™s amazing how patients and staff become more quiet and calm. It changes the whole aura of the inpatient unit.â€
The Omaha Symphonyâ€™s 2013-2014 season begins September 20th.
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