Channeling C.A.R.E.

Channeling C.A.R.E.

Tranquil scenes play 24 hours a day on the new C.A.R.E. Channel at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Hospitals can be a stressful environment for patients who are undergoing treatment or awaiting test results, as well as the visitors, physicians and staff members working diligently to provide the best of care. The new Continuous Ambient Relaxation Environment (C.A.R.E.) Channel at Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is a resource to help decrease stress and optimize patient recovery times. The channel was made possible by a gift from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels to the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation.

“The C.A.R.E. Channel is available on every television in Saint Joseph Hospital,” said Lynnette RauvolaBouta, vice president of mission integration. “The channel always plays nature scenery videos and calm instrumental music, which have been shown to have a positive impact on anxiety and pain.”

The C.A.R.E. Channel began broadcasting in May and is one of the ways Saint Joseph Hospital strives to provide a more healing environment for patients and hospital team members. Additionally, the hospital offers 24-hour chaplain services and pet therapy. Research published in medical journals, including Journal of Music Therapy and Anxiety, Stress & Coping, shows that exposure to music and interacting with animals can be effective complements to standard medical treatment.

This story originally appeared in the 2017 Fall edition of One Health Magazine. Sign up for your free subscription.

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