Steve Youthful cuts ribbon on Sophie’s Space music therapy lounge

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 5:54 AM

The high-tech music therapy center, made possible by a $150.000 donation from former 49ers quarterback Steve Young, was dreamed up as an oasis for youthful patients to play instruments, record songs and look performances to hold their spirits up during long and sometimes painful hospital stays.

Steve Youthful cuts ribbon on Sophie’s Space music therapy lounge

Sophie’s Space stands out from the immaculate second floor of the new Sutter hospital with its light-up marquee sign, a musically inspired wall collage and a case of noise-canceling headphones.

The high-tech music therapy center, made possible by a $150.000 donation from former 49ers quarterback Steve Young, was dreamed up as an oasis for youthful patients to play instruments, record songs and look performances to hold their spirits up during long and sometimes painful hospital stays.

Youthful himself came by the space at the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Middle Tuesday to slice the ribbon, flanked on either side by youthful patients, some wearing protective masks, but all excited to be out of their hospital rooms for the day.

The Corridor of Fame athlete and his wife, Barbara Young, founded the to create just such music rooms in hospitals across the country in the title of Sophie Barton, a family companion and singer-songwriter who died from a heart condition at age seventeen. With the walls covered in lyrics from Barton’s songs, the space also includes a performance area, a listening nook, a private therapy room and a tiny recording studio.

“The science behind music therapy and what it does for children is incredible,” said Barbara Young. “We’re just so grateful that Sophie had the vision.”

is already used at Sutter Children’s Middle and many other hospitals to cheer up or relax youthful patients staying in the hospital for days on end. Music therapists frequently utilize instruments to assistance a baby go to sleep or bring an infant’s heart rate down. An older patient might utilize songwriting as an outlet to give voice to sadness and frustration while battling a chronic illness.

Until presently at Sutter, music therapy had been portion of the baby life program but didn't have . The hospital’s two music therapists travel from room to room each day with a cart full of instruments to visit patients who request the service.

Presently that Sutter is only the second U. S. facility with a Sophie’s Place – the first one opened in a in two thousand-thirteenth – youthful patients with healthy immune systems will have the option to leave their rooms and visit the space at minimum once each day. The hospital also plans to invite local volunteer musicians to keep workshops with the children. On Tuesday, John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting and jazz musician Label Isham performed for a handful of children and a flock of media at the ribbon cutting.

“The min you walk in you don’t perceive love you’re in a hospital,” said Amy Medovoy, baby life coordinator for the hospital. “It takes them out of the stressful environment they’re in and into this special place.”

Emma Parker, a 10-year-old leukemia patient who's been in and out of Sutter since latest year, requests music therapy every time she’s in the hospital, said her mother, Shannon Parker. The curly-haired girl dabbles on the keyboard, bongo drums and maracas.

“The kids obtain very depressed,” her mother said. “The music therapy just helps keep a smile on her face. She’ll be so upset about having to be in the hospital, and then (the music therapists) will arrive in and it’s just a whole new world.”

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