|"I want to give something back to the hospital that saved my life."
- Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels, rock star and former patient at Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph's Hospital, has created the Bret Michaels Hospitality and Music Room, which opened in October 2012. Watch video of Bret at the grand opening.
“I wanted to give something back to the hospital that helped save my life,” says Michaels. “Phoenix is my home, and I’m proud to be a part of this community.”
You can join Bret in supporting Barrow by making a gift in his honor.
In April 2010, Michaels was rushed to Barrow 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. 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.
In 2011, he returned to St. Joseph’s to undergo a heart procedure to close a hole in his heart.
Michaels’ new music room, located near patient rooms in the Barrow Neuroscience Tower, is designed to be a warm and relaxing area for patients' families. It is decorated with a music theme and features Michaels' personal music memorabilia.
View photos from the grand opening of the Bret Michaels Hospitality and Music Room.
“It's warm and hip,” says Michaels.
“This is a very welcome addition for the families of our patients,” said St. Joseph’s President and CEO Patty White. “Bret has demonstrated that he is a good friend to this hospital in several ways, and we thank him.”
Michaels performed at the star-studded Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix in March 2011. He donated a dinner in his home to Celebrity Fight Night’s live auction, an item that raised $200,000, including $20,000 from the rock star, which benefited the Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center. The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow is the main beneficiary of Celebrity Fight Night.