Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation teams up with rock n’ roll legend Brian Johnson to create a new music therapy center in the pediatric unit of Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
SARASOTA, FL – October, 28, 2014 – The Music Therapy Center, set to open fall 2014, is meant to inspire and heal. Expanding upon the first version which was a music therapy room built in 2008, the newly added music therapy center it is set to do just that. Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is thrilled to partner with Brian and Brenda Johnson to bring this first of its kind therapy center to children who most need it. The goal set forth was to make this a place where kids can just be kids having fun with music, not kids with significant health issues. Through the substantial gifts of vendors, donors, and namely Brian Johnson, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation feel confident that they will not only reach set goals but will perhaps create future artists with this music therapy center in the process.
Besides the regularly touted benefits of music and arts as it applies to healing, the room will be amped up, provide lighting, sound stage equipment, flat screens monitors, and other instruments for the kids to play with as they perform to a live audience (imagery added to walls courtesy of Brian’s concert imagery). Kids can look to experience music in a completely different way feeling as if they are VIP performers backstage.
Johnson, who was born in England, became lead singer of the Australian rock band in 1980, and now lives in Sarasota, has been partnering with Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation for years to bring this project to fruition. CEO of the Foundation Alex Quarles said “the community and especially the children who have to be in the hospital will benefit from The Johnson’s generosity and caring support of children”.
About Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to improve the delivery of healthcare for the Sarasota area through the acquisition and utilization of philanthropic funds. Since 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $54 million to support patient care, research, education, state-of-the-art medical technology and facilities. For more information on how you can give to your healthcare partner call (941) 917-1286 or visit www.smhf.org ###