Bedside Therapeutic Music
In addition to caring for our patients’ physical ailments, WVU Medicine also offers patients relaxing music, courtesy of our bedside therapeutic music program. 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 waiting areas and individual patient rooms.
Spiritual and Pastoral Care
WVU Medicine offers a full-range of pastoral care and spiritual care support services for patients and their family members, regardless of faith group or belief. Chaplains are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Chaplains can also help by contacting spiritual and religious leaders in the community for patients and family members. If you or a family member wishes to access Spiritual Care Department services, please tell your nurse or call 304-598-4185.
The staff includes board certified chaplains, full-time chaplain residents in training, and part-time training chaplains. Chaplains serve on the Health Ethics Committee, the Organ Donation Committee, the Organizational Ethics Committee, and the Palliative Care Team. We also offer a program for Ministry wishing to further their education in a hospital setting.
Our pet therapy program offers an avenue for patients to feel comfort and companionship during their hospital stay. Pet therapy can help improve a patient’s mood and provide a needed distraction.
WVU Medicine’s No One Dies Alone program offers patients who are facing the end of their life a companion who will visit and spend time with them as they make it through their final journey.
This program is staffed by caring and compassionate volunteers who support all patients with the humanity and respect they deserve. Our volunteers are specially trained to understand the dying process and their presence can help make the last part of life meaningful and valuable.