Bret Michaels designs music room at Phoenix hospital

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 28 at 9:25 AM

PHOENIX -- Rock star Bret Michaels is making a donation to a Phoenix hospital that will benefit its patients and their families.

The Poison frontman announced plans to create a hospitality and music room at St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute.

It's the same facility where Michaels was treated for a brain hemorrhage in April 2010. He was also treated at the hospital earlier this year for a procedure to fix a hole in his heart. 

Michaels will help design the room to include music listening stations and relaxation areas. He hopes the room will help patients' families cope.

"The families of the patients, the children of the patients, come into a place like this room and we make it nothing but fun and let them forget about, maybe for just a little bit, what's going on, to help them deal with the devastation that they're going through," he said.

Michaels said music helped him get through some tough times in his life.

"Sometimes you have to listen to music when you're going through a tough moment in your life, it's about listening to music that you can relate to at that moment," Michaels said. "That healing power, that's what this room is about."

Michaels said many of his musician friends and people in the community are going to donate items to the room. The singer said he hopes it will be open early next year.

The "Celebrity Apprentice" winner has made a full recovery but remains under the care of Barrow physicians. 

 

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