the torch Summer 2017, Issue 2 | Page 21

to Baylor Health Care System The panelists shared personal stories patients have to get up and walk to get though the healing power of arts and those endorphins. They often refuse Foundation through a planned gift or of the changes they’ve seen in patients 100 members and guests gathered at music. From reduced anxiety following in their estate plans, and more than this year’s recognition luncheon. Special guests included Paula Walker, who donated $1 million in 2015 to fund the core patient components of the Arts in Medicine initiative, and Harriet Jeffers, who is leaving a $500,000 bequest for the program. The program included a panel discussion led by Foundation president, Rowland K. Robinson, with James Fleshman, M.D., chief of a double mastectomy, to advances in speech following traumatic brain injury, to enhanced memory recall for an Alzheimer’s patient, the Arts in Medicine program is touching lives across all areas of care. According to Dr. Fleshman, the addition of art and music therapy is also having a positive impact on his patients following surgery. “With our ‘Enhanced Recovery After surgery at Baylor Dallas; Kelly Surgery’ protocol, we are decreasing Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer patients’ natural pain relievers — Crayton, R.N., nurse manager at Hospital; Tony Arant; JaeJeung So; and Sara Chigani, music therapist. their bodies functioning and boost because it hurts too much,” said Dr. Fleshman. “Having live music in the halls and art stations where patients stop to draw or color, is enticing them to get up and get out, focus on the music and art, not the pain.” Adding these components to this protocol is working: “It has collectively reduced our use of pain meds by 80 percent and is shortening patients’ length of stay,” added Dr. Fleshman. For more information on the the use of narcotics to allow release of Boone Powell Sr. Society or the Arts endorphins — produced by our bodies Cynthia Krause at 214.820.7928 or to block the perception of pain. But in Medicine Program, contact [email protected]. Dr. Randall Rosenblatt, Bonnie Pitman and Kristi Bernstein Paula Walker, Dodee Crockett and Jerri Hammer Kay Aylesworth and Wendy Strick Becky McCamey Cynthia Krause, Harriet Jeffers and Laura Jeffers 21