Musicians On Call (MOC), a groundbreaking nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals across the country, marks its tenth anniversary in Nashville, TN and to make the milestone more special MOC treated patients at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial with a visit from four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban. Urban serenaded young patients at MOC’s Bedside Performance Program, where volunteer musicians across the country have delivered the healing power of music to over half a million patients, families and caregivers, with acoustic renditions of some of his biggest hits including “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” ”Wasted Time,” “You Look Good In My Shirt,” and “Somebody Like You.” Keith shared many special moments with patients, families, and caregivers in attendance during his truly exceptional MOC visit.
“The power of music to not only connect people but to bring comfort into someone’s life is something quite divine,” said Keith Urban. “Visiting with these kids and their families yesterday was truly inspiring, as was the chance to play for them and bring a little light to their day, even if for a few moments. I’m very grateful to Musicians On Call for the good work they do and honored to be a small part of that.”
“It was an absolute honor to have country music icon Keith Urban join us to help deliver the healing power of music,” said Pete Griffin, Musicians On Call President. “Musicians On Call is celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Nashville programs and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off this year-long celebration.”
MOC has had a lot of incredible moments and events in Nashville over the years with supporters including Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, Lee Brice, Darius Rucker, RaeLynn and more. MOC will kick off the celebration of the 10th anniversary with a campaign including high profile hospital visits, a community engagement campaign, and a high profile celebration event in the Fall.
Musicians On Call (MOC) was founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities ranging from children’s hospitals to adult facilities, VA hospitals and hospices. To date, its volunteers have played for half a million 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. MOC supporters over the years include Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Reba, Gavin DeGraw, Darius Rucker, Pharrell, Amos Lee, Nick Jonas, Rachel Platten and more. For more information, visit www.musiciansoncall.org.
About TriStar Centennial Medical Center:
TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center’s 43-acre campus is home to TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center, TriStar Women’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Centennial Medical Center, TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center and TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the largest and most comprehensive private psychiatric facilities in Middle Tennessee. Around the clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City Medical Center, a critical care access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. Opened in 2013, TriStar Spring Hill Emergency Room provides 24- hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill and surrounding communities.
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