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Doctor donates baby grand piano to Wyoming Medical Center

The Wyoming Medical Center has a new piano thanks to Dr. Mark and Caryn Dowell.

The Samick baby grand piano was dedicated Monday, January 28 after the Dowells donated it to the hospital.

Medical Director of Infections Disease Dr. Dowell, MD, WMC President and CEO Michele Chulick and WMC board member Judy Aurelius spoke at the dedication before pianist Carolyn Rodgers performed on the baby grand.

“I’ve seen it in other hospitals,” Dowell said as to why he and his wife chose to donate the piano. “It’s warming for families. It adds that connectivity for people.”

All the speakers said that music can help in the healing process.

“Music impacts our life on a daily basis,” Chulick said during the dedication ceremony. “But there’s also a healing effect to music. Not only will the piano and music that comes from it be a benefit for patients and families, but I think it will also be a benefit for our community.”

“The music is the universal,” added Aurelius after the dedication. “It is calming and soothing and makes you feel better. It’s just wonderful.”

WMC spokesperson Kristy Bleizeffer told Oil City that the hospital encourages people, especially trained pianists, to access the piano.

“We want people to come in and play,” Bleizeffer said, adding that people just need to ask the concierge for the key to the baby grand. “It’s a common thing to have music and art programs in hospitals. We just kind of want to make this a place of celebration of music, healing, and community.”

The piano is located in the first floor lobby of the WMC’s McMurry West Tower.

Dr. Mark Dowell speaks at the dedication ceremony for the baby grand piano he and his wife Caryn donated to the WMC.