Bringing nature’s healing power inside

The clanking of trays and carts, multiple visitor conversations in the hallway, beeps, chimes and alarms from the equipment in your room—the sounds in a hospital room can be annoying, distracting and disturbing when you’re trying to rest, heal or recover.

To help promote a more relaxing and calming hospital stay for you, the Round Rock Volunteer Services Program is providing two new television channels available at Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock. The C.A.R.E. Channels® are now accessible in patient rooms, family waiting rooms, staff lounges and break rooms, and the Emergency Department. Both channels air 24/7.

“One of the channels features instrumental music with beautiful nature imagery and one offers nature imagery accompanied by guided meditation,” says Vicki Joy McClure, Chaplain at Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock.

The primary C.A.R.E. Channel® features images of soothing landscapes, panoramas and vistas accompanied by original music with wide-ranging appeal. It’s designed to be an alternative to commercial television and the many irritating sounds that accompany a hospital stay.

C.A.R.E. Channel® music forms include acoustic guitar, meditative harp and flute, and dual pianos, among others.  The channel has 72 hours of non-repetitive programming.

The C.A.R.E. Channel® is coordinated with your body’s natural sleep cycle and with local time so that sunrise photographs and birdsongs are at dawn here, and—to help promote sleep—sunsets and star fields are coordinated to local evening and night. “The program is designed to support your circadian rhythms, enhancing restfulness and sleep,” says Rev. McClure.

Benefits of the C.A.R.E. Channel® include:

  • Quieter hospital environment
  • Minimization of sudden and often unpredictable sounds
  • Reduction in noise-related stress
  • Promotion of restfulness and sleep
  • Support of pain management methods
  • Improvement in patient and staff satisfaction

The C.A.R.E. Channel with Guided Imagery® includes nature images with voice-overs to assist you in using your imagination to bring about responses in your body that can accelerate the healing process. The guided meditation channel can help you:

  • Relax before surgery or medical procedures
  • Decrease anxiety and stress
  • Calm down before labor and delivery
  • Settle down before sleeping
  • Reduce your pain sensation

“Research has shown that patients have better outcomes and need less pain medication in an environment that includes healing arts,” says Rev. McClure. “The power of watching the sunrise can hit us on a deep level. That’s the kind of thing the C.A.R.E. Channel® speaks to. It relaxes us, distracts us, occupies our attention.”

C.A.R.E. stands for Continuous Ambient Relaxation Environment. The purpose of the CARE Channel® is to promote healing. “It fits so well with the mission of Scott & White—to provide the most personalized, comprehensive and highest quality health care,” says Rev. McClure.

“The architects here at Scott & White – Round Rock have taken special care to inspire healing from the inside out. The C.A.R.E. Channel® helps continue that healing. Nature, as we find in the healing garden, is now ongoing in the room,” says Rev. McClure.

“The C.A.R.E. Channel® is a way of bringing the healing garden inside. The images work on their hope, their memory, their dreams—inspiring them to heal,” says Rev. McClure.

Scott & White Healthcare – Temple also offers a 24-hour nature-and-music channel with a 20-hour non-repeating scenario in patient rooms and waiting areas, staff break rooms and the Emergency Department. “The purpose of the channel is to give patients a sense of greater well-being,” says Danny Tomlinson, Chaplain at Scott & White Healthcare – Temple.

The scenery and relaxing music tend to distract the patients from some of their nervousness when waiting for test results or waiting to go to surgery. It alleviates anxiety and affirms their spiritual and emotional well-being,” says Rev. Tomlinson.


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Bringing nature’s healing power inside