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The mission of The Relational Medicine Foundation is to promote the mindful and transformational person to person relationship of compassion and trust between Doctor and Patient throughout the medical communities of the world. Empowering patients to make decisions in a trustful encounter with a health care provider has the potential to be a powerfully positive force in healing.

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The Relational Medicine Foundation Announced the Performances of the West Coast Premier of Two Original Plays to Audience Enthusiasm and Critical Acclaim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Los Angeles, CA   May 18 2012

Contact:   Candace Moose, Executive Director

The Relational Medicine Foundation

2201 River Road, #3401, Point Pleasant, NJ, 08742

732-899-2625

 

During four consecutive nights in the first week of May, audiences at the UCLA Ronald Regan Medical Center’s Tamkin Auditorium experienced the performances of two original dramatic plays inspired by the medical encounters of two heart transplant patients with their physician, renowned cardiologist, Dr. Mario Deng, currently Medical Director of the Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Support and Heart Transplantation  Program at UCLA.  The events were co- sponsored by UCLA Health System President Dr. David Feinberg.

The plays; “The Catherine Wheel”, written by twice Tony Award nominated playwright Craig Lucas and “Waiting Room”, co-written by highly regarded writer, director, producer John Henry Davis and Ms. Vanda Monaco, well known international actress and creator of Emotion Theater, were both produced and directed by Mr. Davis.

Following each of the performances, a dialogue with the audience about the plays and Relational Medicine Theory was hosted by co-developers of the Relational Medicine Concept, Dr. Deng and his wife Dr. Federica Raia, both full time faculty members at UCLA.   Dr. Deng and Dr. Raia are pioneering the use of theater and other innovative communications methods and art forms for teaching and encouraging patients and healthcare professionals to embrace Relational Medicine, making it a powerful tool for advancing the trustful encounter between patient and doctor  as an empowering and healing foundation in patient care and treatment. Participating in the free flowing discussions along with the patients whose real life heart transplant experiences inspired each of the plays, were their caregivers and health professionals. Several directors of the Relational Medicine Foundation were also in attendance and provided insightful  feedback.

The Relational Medicine Foundation is a 501 (c) American tax-exempt charitable organization.  Its mission is to promote mindful and transformational person to person relationships of compassion and trust between doctor and patient throughout the medical communities of the world, thereby creating a framework for empowering patients to make decisions on their own behalf in trustful encounter s with their health care providers as partners in their care and become a positive force in healing.

For additional information and charitable donations go to www.relationalmedicinefoundation.org

The Relational Medicine Foundation to Present Plays at UCLA Medical Center’s Tamkin Theater May 3-6th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February, 2012

Contact: Candace Moose, Executive Director

The Relational Medicine Foundation
2201 River Road #3401, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

www.relationalmedicinefoundation.org

The Relational Medicine Foundation announced today the performance of two original plays at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center’s Tamkin Auditorium May 3-6, 2012.  The Foundation is working with UCLA to publicize its unique approach for improving modern medicine by enhancing and humanizing the encounter between doctor and patient.  This approach is known as Relational Medicine.

This is the second in a series of plays that use a new approach called Emotion Theater to highlight the Foundation’s goal of empowering patients to make decisions on their own behalf, in a trustful relationship, with healthcare professionals as partners in their care.  Similar plays were performed at the Peter J. Sharp Theater at Playwright Horizons in New York in 2011, to the acclaim of enthusiastic audiences.

The UCLA performances will present two original plays inspired by the experiences of heart-transplant patients and their relationships with their physician, Dr. Mario Deng, renowned cardiologist, currently Medical Director of the Advanced Heart Failure/Mechanical Support/Heart Transplantation Program at UCLA.  The Relational Medicine approach to the doctor/patient encounter endorses and advances the UCLA patient-centered vision to “heal humankind by improving health, alleviating suffering and delivering acts of kindness, one patient at a time”, as defined by David T. Feinberg, M.D., M.B.A., President of the UCLA Health System , Chief Executive Officer of the  UCLA Hospital System, and Associate Vice Chancellor for the UCLA Health Sciences.

As co-developers of the concept of Relational Medicine, Dr. Deng and Dr. Federica Raia, both fulltime faculty at UCLA, believe that by using theater and other innovative communication and art forms to better understand and teach new ways of interacting with patients, healthcare professionals will be motivated to embrace Relational Medicine, making it a powerful tool for helping patients.  The idea to develop Emotion Theater plays as a method of demonstrating the medical encounter was originally conceived by celebrated Italian actress Vanda Monaco who is also the Artistic Director for the Foundation.

Playwright Craig Lucas, twice nominated for a Tony Award, wrote “The Catherine Wheel”, about two women who barely know one another, when one is blind-sided by a catastrophic illness.  The second play “Waiting Room” was written by Ms. Monaco and John Henry Davis,  about a patient in a hospital who dreams he wanders through a train station as he and his wife struggle against all odds to make their own decisions about his care.  John Henry Davis, who will also direct the two plays, is known for directing Oz for HBO as well as theatre, film, opera, and television in New York and across the country.

Following each of the performances as an integral part, an open dialogue with the audience about the plays and Relational Medicine Theory will be hosted by Dr. Deng, Dr. Raia, the Relational Medicine Foundation Team, and the patients who inspired these works.     

Last summer, following the New York performances, Dr. Deng commented: “The dialogue and feedback triggered by the plays, linking patients, families AND health professionals in solidarity by embracing the emotional needs of ALL involved in the process of medicine, was a transformative experience for me. The production of the plays and discussion afterward has energized our entire Relational Medicine Foundation to pursue the Foundation’s vision of enhancing the doctor-patient encounter.”

Performances will be held on Thursday May 3, 2012 (8PM), Friday May 4, 2012, (2PM), Saturday May 5,2012 (6PM), and Sunday May 6, 2012, (3PM). Tickets are free. Reservations can be made online and additional information about the Relational Medicine Foundation including a twenty minute documentary about the foundation and the 2011 plays may be found at:  www.relationalmedicinefoundation.org.

In The News: Doctors w/ a Heart at Relational Medicine Foundation

In The News: Doctors w/ a Heart at Relational Medicine Foundation

The Relational Medicine Foundation, founded by UCLA heart transplant cardiologist, Mario Deng, and his wife Dr. Federica Raia, hosted an evening at Playwrights Horizons featuring two plays inspired by actual stories of patients who had undergone heart transplant surgery.

Click here to read the entire article from East Side Institute Community News.

Press Release: July 28, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2011

Contact: John Henry Davis, Executive Director

The Relational Medicine Foundation
2201 River Road #3401, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

relationalmedicinefoundation.org

THE RELATIONAL MEDICINE FOUNDATION PRESENTED THE PREMIER OF THEIR EMOTION THEATER PLAYS TO FULL HOUSES

The Relational Medicine Foundation announced today that their premier event on July 19th at the Peter J. Sharp Theater at Playwright Horizons in New York of two performances of Emotion Theater Project, opened to full houses to the acclaim of enthusiastic audiences.  The goal of the foundation is to create a framework to empower patients to make decisions on their own behalf in a trustful relationship with health-care professionals as partners in their care.

The project presented two original plays inspired by the experiences of two heart transplant patients and their spouses, Mrs. Candace and Mr. Jim Moose and Mr. Robert and Mrs. Amy Milo, and their relationship with their physician, Dr. Mario Deng, renowned cardiologist, currently Director of the Heart Transplant Program at UCLA.  The idea to present the Emotion Theater plays as a method of introducing the concept of Relational Medicine, created by Dr. Mario Deng and Dr. Federica Raia, was the brain-child of Vanda Monaco, renowned Italian actress, who also starred in one of the plays.

Playwright Craig Lucas, twice nominated for a Tony Award, known for many works including Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, and the book for Light in the Piazza, wrote for this premiere, “The Catherine Wheel”, about two women who barely know one another, when one is blind-sided by a catastrophic illness.  Lila Feinberg, MFA candidate at Columbia University (“Heirloom”, “Monkey Bowl”) wrote “Night Float”, a story about a young woman who reexamines the meaning of commitment when her fiancé is wait-listed for a heart transplant.  The director was John Henry Davis, who directed Oz for HBO as well as new work at many theaters including Playwrights Horizons, Avery Fisher Hall, and The Mark Taper Forum.  The plays featured a very talented cast including: Dorothy Abrahams, Lowell Byers, Madeleine James, Britt Lower, Scott Speiser, and Vanda Monaco.

After the plays were performed at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, open dialogues about the plays and Relational Medicine Theory were hosted by Dr. Deng and Dr. Raia, the Relational Medicine Foundation Team, and the patients who inspired these works.  Dr. Deng commented following the performances, “The dialogue and feedback triggered by the plays and linking patients, families AND health professionals in solidarity by embracing the emotional needs of ALL involved in the process of medicine, was a transformative experience for me. The melding of professional actors, visionary  playwrights,  strong direction,  skilled crew, and imaginative designers  produced inspiring performances. The Emotion Theater production of the plays and discussion afterward has energized our entire Relational Medicine Foundation to pursue the Foundation’s vision.”

The vision of The Relational Medicine Foundation is to promote the mindful and transformational person-to-person relationship of compassion and trust between Doctor and Patient throughout the medical communities of the world. Empowering patients to make decisions in a trustful encounter with a health care provider has the potential to be a powerfully-positive force in healing.

Fully tax deductible donations can be made by check to Fractured Atlas and mailed to The Relational Medicine Foundation at 2201 River Road, Unit 3401, Point Pleasant, New Jersey 08742.