Rock star and former patient at St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix Bret Michaels has announced plans for the donation of the Bret Michael’s Hospitality and Music Room inside the hospital.
“I want to give something back to the hospital that helped save my life,” said Michaels. “Phoenix is my home and I’m proud to be a part of this community.”
In April 2010, Michaels was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center suffering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a life-threatening type of stroke that causes bleeding in the fluid-filled spaces around the base of the brain. St. Joseph’s is the home of Barrow Neurological Institute and Michaels was treated by Barrow neurosurgeons.
After being released from Barrow, Michaels made a rapid recovery and went on to win Celebrity Apprentice in 2010 and enjoy a successful national concert tour. The legendary rocker is currently on tour and will perform in Phoenix on Friday at the State Fair.
Michaels’ new music room, located near patients’ rooms, will be designed to include music listening stations and relaxation areas for patients’ families. “It will be warm and hip,” says Michaels.
“This room will be a very welcome addition for the families of our patients,” said St. Joseph’s President and CEO Linda Hunt. “Bret has demonstrated that he is a good friend to this hospital in several ways and we thank him.”
Last spring, Michaels performed at the star-studded Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix and made a special auction donation for dinner at his home. The proceeds of that event largely go to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, which is also located at St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute.