MBM Instructor and Musician Creates Healing Sound Environments for Hospitals: Introducing Susan Mazer, Ph.D.
Susan Mazer is using her artistic talent as a musician and harpist to help transform hospitals into healing environments through the gift of music. Susan and her husband Dallas founded the C.A.R.E. Channel® (Continuous Ambient Relaxation Environment) nearly 20 years ago. Their original music is available through television in 700 hospitals across the United States.
Music is a complex phenomenon, and while some people may share similar taste in musical choice, choosing music to inspire a healing environment is a complicated task. Susan explains, “Music is never ‘just’ music.” To illustrate the complexity, consider what Mozart, means to you. What images or experiences does it bring up? How would Mozart mean to a 14-year girl or boy? Consider someone from a different country, or different socioeconomic background? Musical taste and preference is unique to the individual, and may change when one is under stress, as in a hospital environment. However, Susan and her husband Dallas have produced music to transcend ethnicity, culture, and generation with the intention of providing a sense or comfort for people who are hospitalized.
To accompany the C.A.R.E. Channel®, Susan and Dallas created C.A.R.E. with Guided Imagery. Saybrook students who have taken the Imagery for Health class know first-hand how helpful guided imagery can be to the healing process, particularly for reduction in anxiety, stress, and to foster sleep; common feelings for many hospitalized patients. Together music and guided imagery can be an effective and non-invasive method to invite the healing process to begin, and the therapeutic benefit can continue throughout one’s stay in a hospital.
One of the many beneficial aspects of using the C.A.R.E. Channel® in an inpatient setting is that it can be built into the patient’s care plan. For instance, if a patient is having difficulty sleeping, nursing can offer the C.A.R.E. Channel® as an intervention, perhaps instead of a medication.
For more information about Susan and Dallas’ transformative work in hospital environments, visit their website www.healinghealth.com. Be sure to check out the exclusive HHS White Papers: Hospital Noise and the Patient Experience: Seven Ways to Create and Maintain a Quieter Environment and Ways to Improve Patient Safety: Why the Environment Plays a Critical Role to learn more about their mission to be a part of the transformation of health care.