Celebrity musicians bring music to patients’ ears – and bedsides – for the holidays

Luke Bryan serenades pediatric patient and nurses at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Lenox Hill Hospital patients and staff were treated to some much-needed music therapy this holiday season when music stars Luke Bryan and Rachel Platten stopped by to spread a little holiday cheer. The chart-topping hitmakers, who visited the hospital separately, went room to room singing their hearts out right at the patients’ bedsides. Their visits were made possible by the hospital’s partnership with Musicians on Call (MOC) a nonprofit organization that provides live, in-room performances to lift the spirits of patients in healthcare facilities, who are undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds.

Country superstar Luke Bryan, whose current album “What Makes You Country” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 this month, visited the pediatric and orthopedic units where he performed his hits “Play It Again” and “Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day” for patients, their families and the nursing staff. He also helped launch MOC’s Music Pharmacy program by presenting the hospital with a gift of three electronic tablets equipped with Pandora Plus subscriptions and top-of-the-line noise cancelling Bose headphones. 

The program is designed to provide patients with the opportunity to access the healing power of music in between MOC’s regular weekly live performances through curated playlists featuring inspirational, relaxing and upbeat songs. The gift package was provided free-of-charge, completely set up, and ready for patient use. Lenox Hill is the first of 60 hospitals to receive the new program.

Singer/songwriter Rachel Platten also hit all the right notes when she stopped by to serenade patients recovering from surgery with her breakout hits “Fight Song” and “Stand by You.” She also visited the pediatric unit where she helped brighten the day of a teenage patient. Rachel, who has been volunteering with MOC for over 12 years, even surprised visitors and staff with an impromptu elevator performance where she composed music and lyrics right on the spot.

“At Lenox Hill Hospital, we strongly believe in the healing power of music,” said Irene Macyk, RN, Chief Nursing Officer. “We are proud to be a partner with Musicians on Call and grateful to be able to share more music and bring more joy to our patients, whether through exciting live performances or soothing pre-recorded music.”

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About Lenox Hill Hospital
Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. For more information, go to www.lenoxhillhospital.org. 

Margarita Oksenkrug
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