Dignity Health Launches Heartbeat Symphony App Experience


Share the unique music of your heartbeat with a loved one

SAN FRANCISCO – Feb. 11, 2015 – In celebration of Valentine's Day and American Heart Month, Dignity Health, one of the largest health systems in the nation, now invites everyone to contribute the musical sound of their heartbeat to the Heartbeat Symphony through the web app experience by visiting heartbeatsymphony.org.

The Heartbeat Symphony is an original piece of music created from the sounds and rhythm of more than 200 Dignity Health employees' heartbeats, and brought to life by professional composer, Miles Kennedy and a 24-piece orchestra. Now Dignity Health is inviting others participate and contribute the sound of their own heartbeat to complete the symphony and find out which instrument will be their match – it could be a piano, violin, or even a French horn.

Using a webcam or phone camera, the cutting-edge technology detects pulse movement in a person's skin that is normally invisible to the human eye, and will assign a unique instrument to each person's heartbeat, uniting the instruments together in the original track. The app experience allows people to also share their own heartbeat music with someone they love – a fun Valentine's Day surprise that also helps remind them to take care of their most important instrument, their heart. Participants can also explore the track to hear the music of others and watch as the song grows with the love and kindness from added heartbeats.

"The more heartbeats that join, the more the symphony will grow. So we hope everyone in our community and beyond, will take a moment to share their heartbeat," said president/CEO of Dignity Health, Lloyd H. Dean. "We are excited to watch the track grow with each new heartbeat added, and look forward to sharing the beautiful song with our employees and patients as they were the inspiration behind the music."

Dignity Health employees experience each day how kindness can be a powerful source of healing and that embracing the shared inclination toward compassion can lead to stronger human connections. Through the Heartbeat Symphony, Dignity Health hopes to inspire others to join in its mission to create, discover and celebrate humankindness. That is why Dignity Health created the Heartbeat Symphony which was inspired by humankindness and illustrates the power of the connection between caregivers and patients, and the community.

To join in the Heartbeat Symphony and share the music of your heart with the ones you care for, visit hearbeatsymphony.org

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