Artful Healing

Artful Healing

Artful Healing

Music and art have tremendous soothing powers and can be an integral part of the healing process for patients and their caregivers. The Summit Medical Group Cancer Center is the antithesis of a sterile treatment facility. Piano music fills the atrium and artwork adorns the halls, creating a calming environment for patients fighting their disease.

Art Therapy

Art – both viewing it and creating it – has been shown to have a soothing effect on people. That’s why art is an integral part of the healing process for patients and their loved ones at the Summit Medical Group Cancer Center. Art therapists host programs for patients and caregivers that allow them to engage deeply with art and create artwork of their own. People who participate in art therapy often report reductions in anxiety, stress, depression and pain.

Donations will enable us to hire certified art therapists to run programs for patients and caregivers that allow them to engage deeply with art and create artwork of their own. In addition, artwork will fill the halls of our treatment center, providing a calming and inspirational surrounding for patients. Donors will have an opportunity to sponsor a piece of artwork that is meaningful to them, and be recognized with a plaque of gratitude.

The Power of Music

Studies have shown that music can help boost immunity by stimulating production of the antibody immunoglobulin A and reducing production of stress hormones. 3 At the Summit Medical Group Cancer Center, certified music therapists work with patients and caregivers individually and in groups to explore the soothing power of music. Music therapy may include the exploring relaxation techniques that incorporate music, playing musical instruments, participating in group sing-alongs or simply listening passively to recorded or live music. Whatever the path, the goal is to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, pain and fatigue for patients with cancer, while also boosting their quality of live.

Music in the Atrium

Hearing a musician tickle the ebony and ivory of a piano can be a mesmerizing, relaxing experience.  And that’s the goal behind a generous donation from the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Memorial Fund, which helped create the “Music in the Atrium at the Park” program, allowing music to flow from the lobby of the new Summit Medical Group Cancer Center at Florham Park, lifting spirits and providing musical comfort to cancer patients and caregivers as they prepare for their day in the medical center.

3. Novotney, Amy. “Music as medicine.” American Psychological Association, November 2013. Web. 13 February 2018

How You Can Help

Your support will help make comprehensive, whole-person treatment possible for the patients and families of Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center. Your gift will enable us to:

  • Bring credentialed therapists and instructors to the cancer center to help patients, caregivers, survivors and families relax, heal and gain strength in the ways that work best for them.
  • Purchase the supplies needed to run art, music and other therapy programs including paintbrushes, canvases, instruments, stereo equipment and yoga mats.
  • Curate pieces of art to adorn the walls of the cancer center. Donors have the opportunity to sponsor individual pieces of art and their gift will be honored with a plaque that bears their name.

For more information about making a donation or sponsoring a therapy program or artwork, contact Joe Finocchiaro at 908-277-8788 or