Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital Hosts Week-Long Art Celebration

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WEST BLOOMFIELD, Nov. 1, 2010 – Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital will showcase its Healing Arts Program with a week-long schedule of events featuring live artist demonstrations, photography and art classes, as well as live jazz and orchestra concerts.  The events will be held Nov. 15 – 19. 

The purpose of Healing Arts Week is to give the community a glimpse of the different facets of the Healing Arts Program at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. 

Attendees can learn about the benefits of gardening in Alzheimer’s patients, participate in a creative writing workshop or tour the hospital’s art gallery. 

“Healing Arts Week gives us the opportunity to invest in the community through the arts,” says Gerard van Grinsven, president and CEO, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. “Our Healing Arts Program allows patients to utilize the arts as a positive distraction to reduce pain, anxiety and stress.” 

Healing Arts Week also features “The Healing Power of Music,” a live performance by Guido’s Orchestra, led by Guido Dieterien. 

Dieterien is currently touring the United States and has performed with music icons such as Lionel Richie and Elvis Costello. Dieterien and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital share a parallel vision of creating an environment for patients to heal by integrating creative arts and aesthetic experiences into the recovery process, says van Grinsven. 

The Healing Power of Music concert with Guido’s Orchestra will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at Music Hall Center for Performing Arts, 350 Madison Street, Detroit, Mich. 

For a complete list of the week’s activities, visit henryford.com/healingarts. 

ABOUT HENRY FORD HEALING ARTS PROGRAM

The Henry Ford Healing Arts Program brings literary, performing and visual art experiences to Henry Ford patients and community members. The program was created to provide restorative and calming environments for patients, visitors and staff by integrating the creative arts and aesthetic experiences into the healing process. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Media are welcome to attend Healing Arts Week, The Healing Power of Music Concert as well as the VIP Pre-Glow before the concert from 6 – 7:15 p.m. Interviews will be available with: Nancy Schlicting, president and CEO, Henry Ford Health System; Guido Dieterien, founder, Guido’s Orchestra; and Gerard van Grinsven, president and CEO, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

 

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