Rockin' Docs: Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Physicians Perform Concert for Staff
By Kim Waterman, email@example.comNews May 23, 2022
“The nurses and entire staff do a phenomenal job caring for patients, and we want to celebrate them,” said Dr. Altimari. “Music is my relaxation and my peace, and I want to share that.”
Research has shown listening to music can lower heart rate and cortisol levels, release endorphins, reduce burnout and depression, and provide a distraction from stressors.
Dr. Altimari’s band, Vital Signs, includes his daughter Emily Altimari, a communications specialist at Northwestern Medicine, and his son Marc. They got the crowd dancing with covers of popular hits. Pulmonologist Timothy J. McGee, DO, joined in on harmonica for a few songs, including “Hard to Handle.” Michael A. Schmidt, MD, Interventional Cardiology, hopped on the drums for a rousing cover of “Sweet Caroline.”
The tempo slowed for a bit for some soothing songs by Marc J. Conte-Russian, DO, Internal Medicine. ICU Nurse Katie Ragona, RN, and Jeffrey Huml, MD, medical director of Critical Care Medicine, joined up for a couple of duets, including some Garth Brooks and Jimmy Buffett favorites. OR Tech Reggie Hunter brought the house down with a finale of “Sweet Home Chicago.”
The Central DuPage Hospital Medical Staff provided lunch for the noon show and a midnight meal for those working third shift.