If you browse through the U.S. News and World Report's list of top hospitals, you may notice an interesting trend.
TONS of them offer music therapy!
Just how many?
Well, a full 90% of the children's hospitals on their "Honor Roll" offer some form of music therapy to their patients.
But what if you break things down by speciality? What about the growing field of NICU Music Therapy? If you examine the Top 50 Hospitals for Neonatology, you'll notice some big trends with NICU-MT:
- 3 out of the top 5 neonatology programs offer NICU music therapy.
- 6 of the top 15 offer music therapy
- In all, 11 of the top 50 neonatology programs offer NICU music therapy services.
That's pretty dang impressive!
Now, we can't really say that music therapy or NICU music therapy is directly responsible for improving the rankings for these hospitals. In fact, based on the method behind the rankings, it's not likely that gains from music therapy programs are directly measured and accounted for.
However, it DOES show us that the best of the best "get it" when it comes to music therapy. They understand the impact music therapy can have on medical outcomes for patients, their satisfaction level, and the fiscal gains that are possible with medical music therapy.
More and more hospitals are jumping on the trend, and there's plenty of evidence that supports their decision.
Interested in getting YOUR Atlanta area hospital on board with music therapy? Let's talk!