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Youngstown Symphony Brings Healing Power Of Music to St. Elizabeth Hospital

Youngstown Symphony Brings Healing Power Of Music to St. Elizabeth Hospital


Contact: Maraline Kubik
Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley (330) 729.3805

Youngstown Symphony Brings Healing Power Of Music to St. Elizabeth Hospital

Sept. 29, 2019 (YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) The healing power of music came to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital Sunday afternoon when the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra opened this season’s Stained Glass Concert Series in the hospital’s Finnegan Auditorium.

Patients and their families, community members, donors and employees were invited to the hour-long performance, which featured both classical and popular music. Patients unable to attend were able to access the performance via closed-circuit television.

“We are delighted to be invited by Mercy Health Foundation to bring the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra to St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown,” said Patricia Syak, executive director of the Youngstown Symphony Society. “The over capacity crowd attending last year’s performance in the hospital chapel spoke to the healing powers of music and we are thrilled to partner again with the Foundation in our mutual community outreach efforts.”

In anticipation of an even larger audience, this year’s concert was performed in Finnegan Auditorium.

“Our goal is to care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit and music is one of the few things that is able to do all of that. It calms the mind and lifts the spirit, so the body can heal,” said Paul Homick, president of Mercy Health Foundation. “We are extremely pleased to bring the symphony here to St. Elizabeth to share that healing power with our patients and their families, and with our community at large. Everyone is welcome.”

The Stained Glass Concert Series is part of the Youngstown Symphony Society’s Community Outreach Program. Randall Craig Fleischer, music director, leads the performances, which seek to strengthen ties between the community and the orchestra and introduce the art form to new audiences.

The series of informal concerts is underwritten in part by the Charles W. and Sarah J. Syak Foundation and the Howard and Jeanne Karr Charitable Foundation. Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley also provided financial support to bring the symphony to St. Elizabeth for a second time.


About Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley and Mercy Health Youngstown

Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley is the philanthropic arm of Mercy Health Youngstown, an integrated health system in the Mahoning Valley. It encompasses the Youngstown/Warren metropolitan area Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio. It is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the five largest Catholic health systems in the United States. Mercy Health Youngstown provides a full spectrum of healthcare services: acute inpatient and trauma, outpatient and ambulatory, rehabilitation, behavioral, emergency and urgent care, primary care physicians in patient-centered medical homes, specialist physician care, home health, home medical equipment, long-term care and hospice care. Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley supports a myriad of in-patient, out- patient and preventative services while eliminating barriers to care and ensuring access to anyone in need. Learn more at

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