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DaVita Day of Music

DaVita recently held its second annual DaVita Day of Music, an event featuring pop-up concerts by the Colorado Symphony and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) at DaVita centers around Colorado. With the help of the Colorado Symphony and the DYAO, DaVita was able to bring a collective 26 hours of music into dialysis centers, reaching 500 patients throughout Colorado.

“DaVita was thrilled to bring this unique event back for another year,” said Dave Hoerman, chief wisdom officer for DaVita. “The performances by the talented musicians with the Colorado Symphony and DYAO produced many smiles and created a lot of joy among our patients and teammates.”

This event gave musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents to patients while they received treatment.

“DaVita and the Colorado Symphony have collaborated since 2013, and it has been incredibly fulfilling to watch the relationship grow with the second DaVita Day of Music. Having witnessed the healing power of music firsthand, I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the Colorado Symphony and DYAO to curate and share this special event with teammates and patients,” said Allison D’Angiolillo, Director of Strategic Development at DaVita Health Solutions and Colorado Symphony Board Member.

Not only does the music lift the spirits of those who are listening, but according to a study by UCLA Health, the use of music therapy has the potential to positively impact quality of life for those on dialysis. There are numerous health benefits associated to music. It’s been shown to reduce anxiety and help with pain management, support emotional well-being and optimize hemodynamic measures, like blood pressure and heart rate.

The event had lasting effects on all those involved. Sean Quintana, a facility administrator for DaVita shared that patients and teammates were talking about the awesome performance they witnessed for days after the event. And stated that it helped lift everyone’s moral.

“It was really cool to see some of our patients get into the music, especially the ones who normally stay completely to themselves. The Day of Music brought more emotion out of some of our patients than we had ever seen before,” said Tina Holland, RN of DaVita Englewood Dialysis Center.

The patients and teammates were not the only ones who benefitted from this event. Colorado Symphony violinists Ali Flanagan and Tena White shared how DaVita Day of Music positively impacted them, saying that they participate in this event to help share the music in hopes that it will help bring some people some comfort during such a trying time.

It was evident that the music was enjoyed by all who were in attendance. Kelly Waltrip, executive director for the DYAO added, “Our students had the opportunity to see first-hand the joy that their music can bring to others. This collaboration with DaVita helps to connect our young musicians with the community in unique and powerful ways.”

Rachel Maly

Rachel Maly

Rachel is a Social Media and Communications Coordinator for DaVita and has been with the Village for just over a year. She focuses primarily on sharing patient education content and loves to opportunity to share the stories of the Village.