Ann-Marie Dassler, RN, FNP, MSN, was one of four winners of the 2014 What a Wonderful World Award announced in August by Joanne V. Loewy, director of Mount Sinai Beth Israels Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, Manhattan.
The annual awards celebrate healthcare advocates, music legends and patients. This years honorees will be feted at a jazz concert with a cocktail reception and silent auction Sept. 22 at The Cutting Room music club in Manhattan.
Aimee Telsey, MD, FAAP, is a co-author with Dassler and Loewy of a major study on music therapy in the NICU that was published in the April 2014 issue of the journal Pediatrics, also was an Armstrong winner. Other honorees are musicians Jon Batiste and Gweneviere Mann.
Dassler is a nurse practitioner whose interest in music therapy evolved from the experience of caring for a pediatric patient five years after caring for her as an infant, according to a news release.
The realization touched Dassler that music memory was so powerful, comforting and integral to the childs experience as a newborn, the release said. Dassler is a graduate of the New Rochelle Hospital School of Nursing and Mercy College, where she earned a bachelors degree in psychology. She received her MSN and FNP degrees from Pace University. She has been with Mount Sinai Beth Israel since 1992 and in the NICU since 1994.
Telsey is a neonatalogist who has been with Mount Sinai Beth Israel since 1988.
Batiste regularly tours with his band, Stay Human. He is artistic director at large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem where he curates programming and educates audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Mann is a musician who has participated in the Armstrong Centers music therapy program since 2012, following surgery for a benign tumor in her brains frontal lobe. The tumor was successfully removed but she suffered a stroke during the operation which resulted in severe short-term memory loss. She has been using music to learn coping techniques to aid her memory and attention deficits.
The ceremony will feature performances by Batiste, jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis and the cast of the 2014 Tony-winning Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Dancer-choreographer Mercedes Ellington and actor Kevin Bernard will preside as co-emcees.
In addition to an evening of jazz, a silent auction will feature musical, sport, entertainment and travel items and will benefit the Armstrong Centers clinical services not only to musicians but also to children with HIV and asthma, as well as adults with cancer, COPD and heart disease. The Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, established nearly two decades ago as part of the jazz legends legacy, was the foundation for the expanded programs of The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine, created in 2005.
The center also provides specialty treatments for children with developmental disorders such as attention deficit and pervasive developmental delays.