Alternative inpatient therapy options in Richmond

At Johnston-Willis Hospital, we offer creative solutions for our patients to recover from or better cope with surgeries, illnesses and other health problems. We take pride in offering pet and music therapy options for our patients as another way to promote healing and recovery.

These alternative therapies are proven to reduce your heart rate, decrease stress and anxiety, encourage participation in your treatment and improve your overall mood and outlook.

To learn more about our integrative medicine services, please call (804) 320-3627.

Music therapy

Johnston-Willis partners with Musicians on Call to bring music therapy to our patients. We have preloaded playlists curated to include music that promotes positivity, which can be beneficial to patients in a hospital setting. These playlists include tunes designed to help soothe and relax patients, as well as inspire patients to move through another day of treatment.

Johnston-Willis' goal is to bring healing to patients during a hospital stay with us. The American Music Therapy Association describes music therapy as being used to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals, which can be helpful in the healing process. We encourage our team to use our music therapy equipment when they have a patient they feel could benefit from an extra boost of support.

Pet therapy

Sometimes the best medicine is the comfort of a furry friend. Our pet therapy program offers comfort and affection as patients recover. All of our therapy dogs have undergone extensive training to qualify for their positions.

Our therapy dogs simply sit or lie quietly for hours on the bed next to the patient while being petted. They can often be seen strolling around the halls of Johnston-Willis, waiting for someone to comfort or snuggle with.

Our therapy dogs are only a phone call away. If you would like one of our four-legged friends to spend time with you, all you have to do is ask your nurse to make the arrangements.

Not only do our therapy dogs visit patients, but they make rounds to other departments due to the calming effect they have on the doctors, nurses and other staff members who work in high-stress areas.