Bedside Music

Bedside Music is designed to promote greater well-being of patients and their families through the provision of live, relaxing, pleasant music at the bedside.

Bedside Music is never a performance.
It is offered by musicians who are specially trained for hospital work. The music is relaxing, never fast or loud. The patient is not required to pay attention to the music. The musician is in the background, out of the way. Live music at the bedside can be provided regardless of other activity, and can continue during conversations, meals, visits, etc.

Live therapeutic music helps patients focus on something besides their illness, encourages relaxation and reduces stress.

The Bedside Music program supports the primary objectives of FMC to maintain and restore health and well-being. The hospital fully recognizes the concept of total care as embracing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient.

Many patients report being so absorbed by the soothing tones that they forget their pain and discomfort. In some cases the benefits may continue for several hours.

Research studies have shown many ways in which music benefits patients. For instance, certain surgical patients who listened to music have needed less pain medication, were able to sit up sooner after surgery, and were less likely to feel tired after going home. Music has been shown to positively affect the immune system, to aid in relaxation and sleep, to help reduce awareness of pain, to assist in the recovery process of ill newborns, to calm agitation, to give children something to focus on during medical procedures, and a myriad of other beneficial effects for most kinds of patients. Music can help lower blood pressure. Therapeutic music has been shown to promote the production of endorphins, which reduce pain. Music also assists in the production of salivary immunoglobin, which speeds healing, reduces infection and regulates heart rate. Therapeutic music has even been shown to ease the delivery process of birthing mothers.

How to Request Bedside Music:
Please inform your nurse, the hospital chaplain, or your physician that you would like to have a visit from FMC’s Bedside Music program.

Bedside Musicians are usually available Mon. through Fri. between 11 am and 4 pm.

The Gift of Music
The availability of Bedside Music at Flagstaff Medical Center is dependent upon the generous donations of caring individuals.

By giving to these programs through the Foundation for Flagstaff Medical Center, 100 percent of your donation will go toward the program of your choice. FMC is a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If you would like to contribute to this program and the well-being of patients and children, please contact the Flagstaff Medical Center Foundation at 928 773-2093 or give securely online at How to Give.

Mail donations to:
Flagstaff Medical Center
1200 N. Beaver Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001