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Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Hosts Volunteer Concert for Patients and Families - 11/05/2009

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Hosts Volunteer Concert for Patients and Families

Release Date: November 5, 2009

The third annual Weinberg 5A volunteer concert will showcase the talent of volunteer musicians from the Hopkins community. This year’s concert will be the largest ever sponsored by the Weinberg 5A unit. The concert will be held in the main lobby of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, 401 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD, on November 14 at 2:00pm.

The Weinberg Building is the clinical facility for the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. The fifth floor consists of four inpatient pavilions for medical oncology, hematology oncology and bone marrow transplant patients. The Weinberg 5A unit volunteer group was established by Laurie Bryant, RN, BSN and has grown under her direction with the support of 5A Nurse Manager, Gina Szymanski, RN, MS, and Sharon Krumm, PhD, RN, Director of Oncology Nursing. Volunteers Ermal Bojdani and Kevin Eaton are the event organizers.

The Weinberg 5A volunteer initiative organized the upcoming concert for patients and families on November 14. Weinberg 5A’s nursing vision is to develop and promote a highly skilled team that is committed to intellectual and emotional “preparation” in their unyielding quest to advocate for and provide compassionate care to their patients, themselves and each other (G.Szymanski, 2006).  The concert seeks to promote an atmosphere of good-spirited entertainment for the benefit of the patients and their families. The social and mental well-being of the patients is of utmost importance to the mission on Weinberg 5A and the Cancer Center.

All performers are from the Johns Hopkins community, and include a composer from the Peabody Institute. They have volunteered their time and talent for this event. Performances will include classical pieces on the piano, violin, cello, and saxophone, and special performances by the JHU a cappella groups Mental Notes and Octopodes. A complete list of performers will be available on the day of the concert. All Weinberg patients and families are encouraged to attend.  The concert is open to all Johns Hopkins faculty and staff. 

The Weinberg 5A unit thanks all the volunteers who organized, performed and helped with this event. 

This series is part of the Art of Healing, Performing Art Series and is made possible by the generous support of the Emmert Hobbs Foundation, Inc.

For the Media

Media Contacts:
Kevin Eaton
Phone: 214-502-7422    

Ermal Bojdani 
Phone: 443-813-3117