Zeeland Community Hospital

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Offering Harmonica Program for Better Breathing

ZEELAND, MI – September 12, 2017 – Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital is pleased to offer the award-winning Harmonica Program for Better Breathing beginning Wednesday, September 20. This is the fifth year the hospital is offering the Harmonica Program for Better Breathing to the community.

The Harmonica Program for Better Breathing was honored by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) as a winner of the 2015 Ludwig Community Benefit Award. This collaboration, sponsored in part by the Laurels of Hudsonville, includes two volunteer harmonica instructors, a coordinator and a licensed respiratory therapist, provides a fun and welcoming environment.

Playing the harmonica mimics two therapeutic breathing exercises that respiratory therapists use: pursed lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing. Supporting the MHA’s community health improvement platform by providing assistance to people with a chronic, incurable disease, quality-of-life questionnaires are used before and after participation in the program to measure outcomes. Results indicate that, following the program, 67 percent of participants are less limited in their daily activities and are coughing less, and 56 percent indicate they are sleeping better and have more energy. The program allows people to improve their lung function, enjoy a social outlet with others facing similar health issues, and receive education about managing their condition.

The five-week program runs September 20 to October 18 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for new participants or $5 for participating participants that have the harmonica and booklet. For more information or to register, call 616.748.2834 or visit spectrumhealth.org/zeeland.


Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan that served 996,000 members in fiscal year 2017. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This was the sixth time the organization received this recognition.

Ashley Kiekintveld
Marketing and Communications
Phone: 616.748.3610
Email: ashley.kiekintveld@spectrumhealth.org