“Music for Healing” arrives at University Hospital this Monday, Sept. 29

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Weekly musical interludes will bring healing, inspiration to patients, families and health professionals


“Music for Healing,” a weekly series of musical interludes to bring healing and inspiration to patients, families, health professionals and others at University Hospital.

These musical offerings are presented at 12:15 p.m. each Monday by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center in partnership with University Health System. The inaugural event features the musicians of Camerata San Antonio.

Other community musicians will follow in weeks to come.


TODAY — 12:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014


Peveto Center for Pastoral Care, located on the main level of the Rio Tower at University Hospital, 4502 Medical Drive, San Antonio.


Speakers at the inaugural event will include:

• Ruth Berggren, M.D., director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics
• James R. Adams, chair of University Health System’s Board of Managers and co-chair of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics’ Advisory Council
• George B. Hernández Jr., J.D., president and CEO of University Health System and a member of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics’ Advisory Council

The musicians of Camerata San Antonio include:

• Co-founder Kenneth Freudigman, principal cellist of the San Antonio Symphony
• Co-founder Emily Watkins Freudigman, assistant principal violist of the San Antonio Symphony
• Lachezar Kostov, cellist with the San Antonio Symphony
• Anastasia Storer, first violinist for the San Antonio Symphony
• Matthew Zerweck, who rose to assistant concertmaster while playing with the San Antonio Symphony from 2008-2012


For the inaugural event, Camerata San Antonio will play Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No. 1, by Edward Elgar. This will be followed by String Quartet No. 1, Op. 37, by Karol Szymanowski.

The setting for the musical interludes is the Peveto Center for Pastoral Care at University Hospital. The Peveto Center’s design is inspired by natural forms and built of natural materials. An oculus in its center lets in natural light, and the water wall and quiet spirals create a contemplative shelter, providing comfort and peace to those in need.

In the process of its recent expansion, University Health System introduced Salud-Arte, a design enhancement and public art program that seeks to inspire healing and create beautiful, peaceful spaces.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving National Institutes of Health funding. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 29,000 graduates. The $765 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

Owned by the people of Bexar County, University Health System is a nationally recognized teaching hospital and network of outpatient health centers. Consistently recognized as one of the “Most Wired” healthcare organizations in the nation for its successful implementation of electronic medical records, it is also the first and only public health system in Texas to be designated as Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. University Hospital is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the best hospital in San Antonio and is one of just 15 Level I trauma centers in Texas. Visit UniversityHealthSystem.com for more information.

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