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Using the Power of Music Therapy at Hadassah Medical Organization

Armed with their instruments, the two men rush into the hospital room with the aim to help the misfortuned patient. They hover over the hospital bed and begin to perform.

They'll be starting with Hava Nagila.

Navot Ben Barak and Avshalom Eshel, representing the Haverut Organization, perform personal concerts for patients and staff at Hadassah Medical Organization twice weekly. Doctors and scientists from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the British Journal of Psychology, the Center for the Advancement of Health and more have found music therapy can improve the effects of mental illnesses like depression and anxiety and even help reduce the amount of medications that patients require in some cases.

"We... try to make a personal connection with each patient, intuitively finding the chords that will touch them," said ben Barak.

"We also know that the staff works so hard that they appreciate musical interludes in their life-saving efforts. We hope patients will get used to this new approach and feel free to request their daily dose of harmony," said Eshel.

They will soon inaugurate a monthly musical service in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower Atrium with fellow musicians.

With 500 beds, 19 stories (five underground) and state-of-the-art technical equipment, the Tower is the most advanced medical facility in the Middle East.

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Date: 2/4/2014

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