Steve Young Donation to Build Music Therapy Facility for Sutter Peds Patients
SACRAMENTO – Forget football. What Steve Young presented Wednesday is music to the ears of pediatric patients and their parents throughout Northern California.
The NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and his wife, Barb, presented a check for $150,000 to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento for the construction of a state-of-the-art music therapy facility inside the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center on the midtown campus of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.
The donation came from the Youngs’ philanthropic organization, Forever Young Foundation, and the music therapy facility will be named Sophie’s Place in honor of a family friend, Sophie Barton, who often performed to pediatric patients in Utah until she died of a heart condition in 2010 at age 17. Sophie’s parents, Anne-Marie and Kent Barton, were also present during the donation ceremony Wednesday.
Sophie’s Place opened last year in Salt Lake City’s Primary Children’s Hospital as the first dedicated music therapy facility in a medical center, and the one inside the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center will be the second when it opens next year. Two others, including one inside Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, are also in the works.
“We honor Sophie’s life and commitment to music through the creation of Sophie’s Place, to help share the healing power of music with children in hospitals throughout the country and around the world,” Steve Young said. “Barb and I invite people across America to join us in this important new initiative for Forever Young Foundation.”
In the 1,000-square-foot space on the second floor of the Women’s and Children’s Center, construction workers will build two rooms – one where music therapists will provide group and individual treatment, and a recording studio with numerous instruments, including guitars, keyboards and percussion instruments. Sophie’s Place is designed to be sound-proof and not disturb patient care outside the music therapy rooms.
Sutter Children’s Center, currently located inside Sutter Memorial Hospital, began offering music therapy last year in its playroom and at the bedside. Sophie’s Place will allow the Sutter Children’s Center Child Life Program to expand this service and give it its own home.
Music has an extraordinary power to bring comfort and peace, and recent clinical studies have proven that music therapy provides evidence-based beneficial effects on young hospital patients. Music therapy uses musical experiences and activities to reduce pain and pain perception, decrease sedation required for pediatric procedures, increase relaxation and provide other healing benefits.
“We want to offer the best treatment to our patients, and music therapy is one of those programs that’s been proven to help in the healing process,” said Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento CEO Carrie Owen Plietz. “Sophie’s Place will offer a change of scenery to the children in our hospital and give them a place to be creative and express themselves.”
The Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center, located at 29th and L streets across from Sutter General Hospital, is scheduled to open in May 2015, and Sophie’s Place will debut soon thereafter. Sophie’s Place is part of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s emphasis on the healing arts as it continues to construct “the medical center of the future” at its midtown campus near Sutter’s Fort.
Currently, Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento is housed inside Sutter Memorial Hospital in east Sacramento. A comprehensive children’s hospital, it serves 7,000 children a year from 26 California counties and beyond. Among its specialized pediatric services are a 55-bed, Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a 20-bed tertiary level pediatric intensive care unit, heart surgery, oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, high-risk maternity and clinics for epilepsy, childhood diabetes, cleft palates, obesity and many other diseases that affect children from birth to 18 years old. For more information, go to www.sutterchildrens.org.
Founded in 1993 by NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young, Forever Young Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on passing on hope and resources for the development, strength and education of children. The Foundation serves children facing significant physical, emotional and financial challenges by providing them with academic, athletic and therapeutic opportunities currently unavailable to them. For more information, go to www.foreveryoung.org.
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