Patient Experience

The Art of Healing

One of 17 Houston Methodist music therapists, Jessica Hernandez employs melody to both calm and motivate patients
when the bedside becomes A stage
If all the world’s a stage, then the Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) is setting the scene with a unique interplay of art, faith and medicine.
The nation’s largest, most comprehensive center specializing in harnessing the healing power of the arts, CPAM recently received the most significant gift in its history. For CPAM leaders, this commitment enables them to reach the community well beyond hospital walls.
“In just over 25 years, we have emerged as the only program in the country providing precision care to visual and performing artists while also integrating the arts into the hospital environment,” says Dr. Robert E. Jackson, the C. Richard Stasney, MD Distinguished Chair in Performing Arts Medicine. “This unprecedented gift allows us to extend our healing touch.”
Benefactors Susan and Thomas Smith created the Susie and Tommy Smith Matthew 25:44 Inspire Initiative to give back to a city alive with the arts. Driven by their faith, the Smiths named their endowment for a Bible verse that advocates for helping people in need.
“Their gift aligns with the hospital’s goal of supporting mind, body and soul,” says
J. Todd Frazier, the Gerald H. Dubin, MD Presidential Distinguished Centennial Director in the Art of Medicine for CPAM. “It will help us take CPAM’s blend of medicine, spirituality and the arts to people in times of their greatest need.”
This major endowment will fund three initiatives: a program for resident artists who will perform and create art and conduct scholarly activity, an expansion of music and creative arts therapy services for patients, and The Community Mobile-Arts Response Program, dedicated to uplifting Houstonians in crisis after natural disasters or other traumatic events.
Combined with a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the Matthew 25:44 Inspire Initiative strikes a beautiful chord for CPAM’s future. “These resources will help CPAM blossom for the next 25 years,” says Dr. Jackson.
The 2022 supporters of CPAM have our genuine gratitude.