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Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:17 PM EDTDemand for music therapy at Mission Hospital is growing.Now, as News 13's Jay Siltzer explains in today's Health Alert, a grant is helping meet the need while calming.Getting to work is a lot easier for Mission Music Therapist Michelle Bonn now that she has a portable harp.A grant to the Mission Foundation has paid for it and other new instruments as part of a program expansion.Michelle Bonn, Mission Music Therapist, "there is a lot of research that is backed up by music therapy as far as music being able to help with pain, anxiety and nausea."A ruptured appendix brings Wanda Mount in for surgery, and during the wait music is welcomed. Wanda Mount, patient, "it's so calming; it's so peaceful...You couldn't ask for more."Michelle, "it makes me pretty proud to be a music therapist. I've realized how powerful music can be, and how awesome we can use it in settings like this."More and more patients will, too, thanks to the donation.The music therapy grant was for $2500 dollars.The money initially came from the "Mary Duke Biddle Foundation" and was passed on to the Mission Foundation.More Music Therapy
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