Toms River, NJ, – March 27, 2014 – Community Medical Center has been selected as a finalist to receive the
Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program as part of the
LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project, which was created to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S. The recipients of the grants will be determined through a public, online voting campaign now underway through 6 p.m. on April 11. Visit
bit.ly/cmcmusicvote to vote for Community Medical Center and to bring music therapy to patients in Ocean County.
After the voting period comes to a close, the 39 organizations with the top votes in seven geographical regions across the country will receive up to $15,600 to replicate and implement one of three sustainable programs dedicated to supporting people living with cancer. Since 2001, the LIVESTRONG Foundation has funded more than 200 programs nationwide, helping millions of patients, survivors, families and caregivers affected by cancer from the moment of diagnosis through survivorship.
By bringing the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program to the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at Community Medical Center, patients will benefit from Music Therapy, a proven means to reduce stress, depression 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.
Limited music therapy is currently available at the Community Medical Center. Receiving the grant will provide greatly expanded music therapy from five hours per month to 40 hours monthly. A Board Certified Music Therapist will be available to patients receiving outpatient care or during hospitalization.
"Bringing the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program to the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at Community Medical Center through the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project will allow people in Ocean County affected by cancer to receive the extra support they need to beat the disease," said Stephanie L. Bloom, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We share LIVESTRONG's passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of local cancer survivors and their families."