(JACKSON, MI) Oct. 31, 2012 – Great Lakes Caring, one of the largest and most trusted home health and hospice providers in the Midwest, announced that Music Therapist Rebecca Findley, M.M, MT-BC has been voted vice president-elect for the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association).
The Great Lakes Region is one of seven regions that make up the AMTA. It consists of 850 professional music therapists and student in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Findley works from the Grand Rapids, Michigan Great Lakes Caring Branch, and has been with the company and an active member of the AMTA Michigan board since 2006.
“On behalf of our executive team and board of directors we congratulate Rebecca for supporting one of our key contributing hospice services, music therapy. It is because of people like Rebecca that Great Lakes Caring Hospice is one of the premier providers of hospice care in the Midwest,” said CEO William Deary.
As vice president-elect, 35-year-old Findley is responsible for helping the local state AMTA conference chairs plan and conferences held once a year and serves as a liaison between the local conference chairs and the executive board of the Great Lakes Region of AMTA. The position is a four-year commitment, which includes two years as vice president-elect and two years as vice president.
“I have always believed that it is important to be involved and help promote my profession. Most people do not know that music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals,” Findley said.
“I work with hospice patients, because I have seen firsthand how music therapy benefits them. I have seen patients’ who have not spoken in months light up and sing, and when used properly, music may bring a patient comfort and help improve their respiratory rate. I have patients who have been restless for hours, relax and finally fall asleep. I choose to work with hospice because although music therapy isn’t for every patient, to some it provides comfort for both the patient and the family,” added Findley.
Great Lakes Caring is one of the Midwest’s premier providers of a continuum of care, consisting of home health, palliative care, and hospice care, as well as home medical equipment. Our care services are delivered with an unparalleled level of superior quality by our exceptionally dedicated team of health care professionals to more than 6,000 patients across Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Our intimate approach to caring for our patients, along with our extraordinary pursuit of next generation health care technologies and innovative care services, drives more than 2,000 loyal physicians to entrust their patients’ care to Great Lakes Caring.