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Florida Hospital Peninsula Rehabilitation Launches Therapeutic Music Program

ORMOND BEACH, Fla., June 4, 2014 – Florida Hospital Peninsula Rehabilitation has begun a new therapeutic music program for inpatients to help promote a healing environment. 
Marvin Sherzer, a certified music practitioner from The Music for Healing and Transition Program, visits patients in their rooms at Florida Hospital Peninsula Rehabilitation and plays music on a keyboard, based on the needs of the patient.
After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the Sherzer focuses on therapeutic music to relieve a patient’s pain, anxiety and stress. 
“Patients have loved having him here,” said Charlie Brown, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center inpatient rehabilitation services manager. “While Marvin plays, the patients find great relief and comfort. It gives them a break from the normal push of therapy and allows them some ‘relaxation’ therapy, while also assisting in pain relief and mental focus.”
Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings. 
“At Peninsula Rehabilitation, we strive to provide the best therapy, care, and experience for our patients’ return to independence,” Brown said. “We believe that including this type of therapeutic music into our daily therapy regimen we will only strengthen our patients’ progress.”
Florida Hospital Peninsula Rehabilitation is a licensed, in-patient, comprehensive medical rehabilitation facility in Ormond Beach and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) with Stroke certification. Not only does the facility specialize in the medical treatment and rehabilitation of stroke patients, but it also cares for patients with multiple trauma injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, neurological disorders, spinal cord injuries and for those recovering from orthopedic surgery. 
About Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center 
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states. With more than 1,800 employees and employed physicians, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a nonprofit health-care organization committed to hope, health and healing. A recipient of the 2012 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for performance excellence, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a national leader in patient experience. Our locations include Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center and Florida Hospital Cancer Institute in Daytona Beach, Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach, an outpatient facility in Port Orange, and an imaging center in Ormond Beach. Additionally, Florida Hospital Oceanside is home to the area’s only inpatient rehabilitation facility with CARF accreditation for stroke care. For more information, call (386) 231-6000 or visit
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Certified music practitioner Marvin Sherzer visits Jane Downes, 92-year-old Ormond Beach resident, during her stay at Florida Hospital Peninsula Rehabilitation. Sherzer plays music for patients at Florida Hospital Peninsula Rehabilitation in Ormond Beach as part of the hospital’s therapeutic music program.