The Children's Bereavement Center

Carol Bern's Service Award received from the Children’s Bereavement Center in 2019 for “unparalleled dedication and compassion in the CBC grief support groups.

Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association

The Breakthrough Award recognizes an individual or team who, through their efforts to research and implement new ideas, has improved hospice care. Whether piloting a new program, streamlining a process or discovering a better way to provide a service, the recipient of this award advances the mission of hospice and provides a path for others to follow.

The Breakthrough Award Winner:

Thomas A. Dalton has been in the field of music therapy for over 20 years and is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. He is a full-time employee of VITAS Healthcare in the Broward program and serves as the Senior Music Therapy and Music Therapy Internship Director. Thomas researched and developed the use of the Music Therapy and MIDI Protocol (MTMP) with hospice patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The inspiration for this project was based on Thomas’ work with COPD patients including working with his mother who is also struggling with COPD. The purpose of the study was to improve respiratory symptoms, well-being and quality of life for patients in physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual domains.

VITAS Healthcare


"The Pegasus Award" received for outstanding customer service at VITAS Healthcare, Broward in 2012, serving patients, families, staff and the community.

Indian Ridge School

“Employee of the Quarter” received at Indian Ridge School April 2006 for outstanding work providing music therapy and counseling for children and teens with behavioral disorders

Hospice of Palm Beach County (Trustbridge)

"Employee of the Quarter” nomination at Hospice of Palm Beach County (Trustbridge) April 2005.

State of California

1996 State of California "Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award" from the governor.

Agnews Developmental Center

1995 "Employee of the Year" award received at Agnews Developmental Center which served over 2000 clients with developmental disabilities

California State University Long Beach, California

Recipient of the California State University Music Therapy Achievement Award in 1991

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