Guest Faculty

Introduction to Arts in Medicine,
College of Fine Arts, UF

Dance in Medicine Summer Intensive, Department of Theater and Dance, UF

Holistic Medicine,
Art & Science,

College of Medicine, UF

 

Cathy at bedside with a patient and other AIM artists

Cathy's work as a consultant for Music in Medicine programs

 

 

 

Cathy DeWitt is the Musician in Residence for the Shands Arts in Medicine program at both Shands hospitals in Gainesville, Florida, where she plays and sings at the bedside for patients, trains and mentors other hospital musicians, and gives workshops on music as stress-management for caregivers.  As a consultant on music & healing, she has been a presenter at national conferences and helped to start several new arts in healthcare programs throughout the state of Florida.

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She plays guitar, harp, piano, and sings in many areas of the hospital, including the Atrium lobby, the BMTU, the NICU, the Pediatrics units, the Liver Transplant Unit, and the Heart Transplant Unit. She also does outreach, playing in many community venues, as well as follow-up with patients who are moved to Rehab or Hospice. As Music Coordinator, she screens, mentors and trains music volunteers, including interns from the College of Music.  She schedules musicians to play the lobby piano every day, arranges music in other hospital areas and for special events, produces concerts and fund-raisers in the community, and facilitates the weekly performing artist concert series in the Atrium lobby at Shands. Through a grant from Children's Miracle Network, she helped procure a grand piano for the lobby at Shands Hospital, which has become a focal point for patients and families. She is very active in the local arts community, has been a member of the Cultural Affairs Board, and is currently on the board of the Gainesville Friends of Jazz & Blues and the Friends of Florida Folk.

Now over ten years old, Shands Arts in Medicine is one of the pioneer arts-in-healthcare programs in the country. With twelve artists in residence mentoring a large group of volunteers, AIM is able to offer a constant and varied array of programs, and is now visible in nearly every area of the hospital. Recently AIM also expanded to include the local Planetree affiliate, Shands Alachua General Hospital, (AGH), as a site. Visit the Shands Arts in Medicine site for more information.

Please choose the email link below if you need more information.

Poetry & Piano CD, with Dr. John Graham-Pole; email Cathy for more information

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