Piano adds healing power of music to hospital

A Yamaha player baby grand piano is bringing beautiful music and a comforting ambiance to those entering the doors of Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, thanks to the generous philanthropic support of physicians and associates.

Two dedicated healthcare givers and music lovers—Gary Pineau, CRNA, and Stephen Rotter, MD, of the Anesthesiology department, believe in the value and healing power of music and spearheaded a campaign to raise funds to purchase a piano for the hospital’s main lobby.

Armed with passion and numerous personal relationships, they asked fellow physicians and colleagues for support and subsequently received a significant lead gift from the Medical Staff. Anesthesiologists from Memac Associates, PC, also came forth with a large gift, followed by support from several other donors.

Piano music now enriches the lobby environment for patients, visitors and staff. Musicians from area high schools and colleges and individuals from the community volunteer their time to play the piano. When volunteers aren’t available, the piano is programmed to play music. With satellite radio capabilities, the piano is a modern day version of the “player piano.”