MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – When considering the sights and sounds of a hospital, most people probably recall familiar IV poles and beeping monitors. But within Ruby Memorial Hospital, patients and visitors can also find relaxation from a soothing melody, comfort from a furry friend or strength from praying hands.
In addition to caring for patients’ physical ailments, Ruby Memorial Hospital offers programs that help in treating the whole person, including their emotional and spiritual wellness. Therapeutic music, pet therapy and spiritual care provide patients with uplifting distractions from their medical condition.
Certified Music Practitioner Cindy Lewellen serves as a volunteer at Ruby, wheeling her harp throughout the building and offering patients a chance to hear therapeutic music. She frequently plays her harp in WVU Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, waiting areas and individual patient rooms.