December 2005

Alegent Health Launches Ambient Therapy Research


Alegent Health, Omaha, Neb., and Chip Davis, the Grammy Award-winning composer and musician, have launched a $1.5 million research project to explore the potential effects of a new technique called ambient therapy on patient health, recovery experience and satisfaction. Ambient therapy combines specially-recorded sounds of nature with distinctive music content to provide patients with a new "perceptual reality." This environment, designed to be soothing and comforting, may counteract feelings of pain, anxiety and isolation that can interfere with the healing process. For more information, Dina Maas of Alegent Health at dmaas@alegent.org.