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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Broward Health Named LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Finalist and Award Recipient

Fort Lauderdale, Fla Broward Health is one of 13 Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program sites announced as beneficiaries of the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project. Each of the 13 organizations will be awarded $15,600 to implement a music therapy program that is one of three proven cancer support programs included in the 2014 Community Impact Project selected by the LIVESTRONG Foundation, a top-rated non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer today.

“We thank all who voted to help improve the lives of our patients,” said Heather Miller, director of cancer services at Broward Health Medical Center. “The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program uses an integrative approach to caring for cancer patients by decreasing anxiety and fear and enhancing comfort and support for patients and their families. We are extremely excited to bring such an important program to our patients.” 

The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program has become an essential component of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center's approach to caring for cancer patients. Music therapy is proven to reduce stress and pain levels associated with illness and hospitalization. For many patients, the simple act of listening to music provides a therapeutic release, promoting healing and overall wellbeing. Clinical music therapy services are provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Two part-time music therapists conduct sessions with patients either at the bedside or in common areas of the cancer center.

“We are so appreciative of everyone who took action to bring the Community Impact Project to their communities,” said Doug Ulman, Foundation president and CEO. “The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer today, and by immediately implementing these proven programs that provide critical emotional and practical support to those facing cancer, we are helping more people live life on their own terms. We take great pride in this opportunity to advance our mission.”

The finalist organizations for the Community Impact Project were determined through an online voting campaign that accumulated more than the 100,000 votes over an 18-day period (March 24-April 11).

In addition to the Foundation’s financial support, the chosen organizations will receive various materials including facilitator manuals, participant materials; training and support from the model program’s staff; and access to additional tools and resources.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 75 years, is a nationally recognized system in South Florida that offers world-class healthcare to all. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group, Broward Health International, Broward Health Urgent Care and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.

About the LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. Created in 1997, the Foundation is known for providing free cancer support services and advocating for policies that improve access to care and quality of life. Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. One of America's top non-profit organizations, the Foundation has been recognized by industry leaders including Charity Navigator, the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

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