In 2000, Dr. C. Richard Stasney founded Houston Methodist’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) – the nation’s first institutionally backed center specializing in the healing of performers in the arts. CPAM’s initial focus on caring for performers has evolved and now explores ways to incorporate arts in the hospital environment through the Margaret Alkek Williams performance series, to lead groundbreaking research, to develop arts therapy and to provide health education to artists and the community. Recently, Stasney Chorus was created to fund the exceptional initiatives underway at CPAM. Founding members, Patricia and Mark Rauch, were inspired by the concept and have been involved from the beginning. “The Center for Performing Arts Medicine has expanded Houston Methodist’s boundaries, providing nationally and internationally recognized evaluation and treatment of performing artists,” says Patricia. “Dr. Stasney’s broader vision for all patients, including those who are not in the performing arts, is to benefit from the experiences, treatment and research taking place within the center.” Patricia became a patient of Dr. Stasney prior to the launch of CPAM. She lost her voice for seven years following the removal of a tumor wrapped around her laryngeal nerve. Dr. Stasney successfully performed an innovative procedure which restored Patricia’s vocal cords. “I would not be speaking today were it not for Dr. Richard Stasney,” declares Patricia. Throughout the many treatments and follow-ups Patricia had with Dr. Stasney, they began to discuss a concept he had for a revolutionary center for performing arts medicine. “He had a whim of an idea,” explains Patricia. “If there is a sports medicine department, why is there not a performing arts medicine department?” Throughout their discussions, Patricia encouraged him and began providing philanthropic support for the center’s founding. Now, for nearly 15 years, Houston Methodist has grown and maintained a department that has surpassed even Dr. Stasney’s expectations. In late 2013, when the Center for Performing Arts Medicine Advisory Board announced the creation of Stasney Chorus, the Rauches were the first to join. Stasney Chorus has 210 members who support CPAM’s growth and initiatives, including research to advance new therapies and treatments, health education support for performers, integration of the arts into the hospital environment and investment in new tools, technologies and facilities to provide high-quality care for all patients. “One’s philanthropic donation is an investment,” notes Patricia. “How inspiring it is to witness one’s gift, one’s investment, as both productive and beneficial for patients and staff at Houston Methodist. During the more than 100 annual Margaret Alkek Williams Performance Series concerts and presentations, you can see, hear and feel how moving it is for patients, physicians and staff. The moment you experience that, you’ll want to step up to the plate and become a member of Stasney Chorus.” “The dedication , the caring that Dr. Stasne y and the cpam team exhibit has renewed my faith in the real reasons why doctors do what they do.” Patricia Rauch (right, with husband mark Rauch ), member of the cpam advisor y board AND Founding Member of Stasne y Chorus Visit houstonmethodist.org/foundation to join Stasney Chorus.
Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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