Musicians On Call Launches Expansion Into The Brooklyn Hospital CenterJune 20, 2017
Musicians On Call Launches Expansion Into The Brooklyn Hospital Center With The Help Of Longtime Supporter Multi-Platinum Selling Recording Artist Gavin DeGraw
Musicians On Call (MOC), a groundbreaking nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals across the country, recently launched their expansion into The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) with the help of multi-Platinum selling recording artist Gavin DeGraw. A longtime MOC supporter, DeGraw performed for patients, families, and caregivers in the hospital’s pediatric unit.
The program, brought to TBHC with the help of The Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program and The Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation, had Gavin spreading the healing power of music by performing some of his biggest hits including “She Set The City on Fire,” “Not Over You,” and “I Don’t Wanna Be.”
The day kicked off with MOC President Pete Griffin and Alissa Pollack, EVP, Global Music Marketing for iHeartMedia and MOC Board Member, and Gary Terrinoni, President and CEO of TBHC, all speaking to the healing power of music and why launching MOC at TBHC was so important to all involved.
Gavin then did the Bedside Performance Program bringing smiles to everyone’s faces at the event held on June 19.
“Gavin has been a friend and supporter of Musicians On Call for over a decade, so I'm grateful he was able to join us on this special day,” said Pete Griffin, Musicians On Call President. “Our launch at The Brooklyn Hospital Center is an important one as it establishes a regular program for MOC in Brooklyn. We’re grateful to the Alissa Pollack, The Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program and The Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation for helping to bring us there.”
Terrinoni said, “We are delighted to be a part of the Musicians On Call family and their national mission to bring music to the people who can benefit the most – hospital patients. Gavin DeGraw delivered an outstanding performance that put smiles on the faces of all in attendance, particularly the children being treated in our pediatrics unit. I want to thank Pete Griffin, the president of Musicians On Call and Alissa Pollack, EVP, Global Music Marketing for iHeartMedia and MOC Board Member for their commitment to TBHC and the greater Brooklyn community.”
The MOC launch comes as TBHC recently received The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) Heart Failure and Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards for implementing some of the best medical practices for patient heart care.
In 2016-17, U.S. News & World Report named TBHC one of the best hospitals for heart failure care.
Musicians On Call recently launched their Chicago expansion as well, marking now 58 hospital partners that the organization currently brings the healing power of music to patients including New York, Miami, Nashville, Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Denver, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Denver, San Francisco, Atlanta, and more. To date, its volunteers have played for nearly 600,000 people across the country. By delivering live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, they add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility.