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Sophie’s Place Opens with a Bang at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

Kent and Anne-Marie Barton and Barb and Steve Young cut the ceremonial ribbon for Sophie's Place on Tuesday, surrounded by patients, donors and supporters of Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento.

Kent and Anne-Marie Barton and Barb and Steve Young cut the ceremonial ribbon for Sophie’s Place on Tuesday, surrounded by patients, donors and supporters of Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.

Dozens of supporters, donors, patients and families were on hand to witness a momentous occasion as Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento officially opened its music therapy room, Sophie’s Place, at the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center on Tuesday.

NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife, Barb, helped cut the ribbon along with several patients from Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento and Sophie’s parents, Anne-Marie and Kent Barton. Guests were then treated to an acoustic concert by Five for Fighting, accompanied by Mark Isham, both in Sophie’s Place and in the lobby of the hospital.

Sophie’s Place came to fruition thanks to a $150,000 donation from Steve and Barb’s philanthropic organization, Forever Young Foundation, in August 2014, as well as contributions from the Donut Dash and other philanthropic partners. The music therapy facility is named in honor of Sophie Barton, who often performed to pediatric patients in Utah until she died of a heart condition at age 17. 

The first Sophie’s Place opened in 2013 in Salt Lake City’s Primary Children’s Hospital as the first dedicated music therapy facility in a medical center. The room inside the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center is the second, and a few others around the country are in the planning stages.

“Research has proven that music therapy fires the synapses to help create new neuro-pathways to replace those that have been damaged. It increases oxygen-saturation levels, alleviates pain, eases anxiety and depression, assists in fine and gross motor-skill development, and so much more,” said Steve Young. “We are honored to partner with Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento for the grand opening of Sophie’s Place, a music therapy facility that will bring hope, healing and harmony to the children being treated.”

Sophie’s Place is a 625-square-foot facility that includes a performance stage area, activity and listening areas with interactive and whimsical furniture, a private music therapy session room and a recording studio room with digital recording equipment enclosed with sound-proof walls. The space features theatrical lighting in the performance area with custom wall graphics of Sophie and her work as a backdrop.

Sophie's Place features a performance area where local talent will be invited to play alongside patients at Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento.

Sophie’s Place features a performance area where local talent will be invited to play alongside patients at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.

In the activity area, the custom carpet, with a treble clef pattern, pierces the wall and doors and continues into the lobby. All of the custom wall and window graphics were created by Sophie’s father, Kent Barton.

The lobby wall of Sophie’s Place is defined by music-themed custom wall covering and window graphics, a large “Shine On” sign and an electric guitar display. All are highlighted by theatrical spot lighting from the lobby ceiling.

“Music therapy is one of the many programs we offer to make a hospital stay more kid-friendly for our pediatric patients’” said Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Interim CEO Mike Cohill. “Sophie’s Place allows them to be creative and express themselves, and this all aids in the healing process. We thank the Forever Young Foundation and the Bartons for keeping Sophie’s comforting spirit alive with such a spectacular facility.”

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments