Clinical Center News
Winter 2018

C.A.R.E. Channel provides relaxing imagery, music

a waterfall, as a part of the C.A.R.E. Channel imagery
The C.A.R.E. Channel provides a healing environment to patients and their care providers. Images can be seen on hospital TVs or downloaded from

Being a world class research hospital means continuously enhancing our world class environment of care. That now extends to offering specially designed, relaxing television programming called The C.A.R.E. Channel.

The channel's name is an acronym for "Continuous Ambient Relaxation Environment." View it for free on channel 08 anyplace the Clinical Center cable system is operable.

Running 24/7, it features nature imagery during the daytime and transitions to a moving star-filled sky during the overnight, accompanied by original instrumental music designed to be soothing and relaxing.

"When a project involves improving our patients' experience, it's never a hard sell to get Clinical Center staff excited to team up and make it happen," said John Pollack, chief of the Department of Spiritual Care.

The C.A.R.E. Channel is brought to the Clinical Center through a collaboration between the Departments of Spiritual Care and Nursing. The programming runs 84 hours before repeating itself, fitting for extended stays common to the Clinical Center.

The channel is a tool that for some patients may help reduce anxiety, assist with restfulness and offer a positive focal point when in discomfort.

The relaxing images may help calm nerves in clinics and waiting rooms. Outpatients and caregivers may wish to tune in as they wind down in the Safra Lodge from a hectic appointment slate. Or inpatients may find it a welcome alternative if they don't wish to or are unable to follow news and plot-driven shows. The possibilities are many — whether to add serenity or just drown out hospital noise.

Questions about the Clinical Center's broadcasting of the C.A.R.E. Channel? Email John Pollack at

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