Bret Michaels Dedicates Music Room at Arizona Hospital That Saved His Life
Two years after he underwent an emergency procedure there to repair bleeding around his brain -- and a year after he returned for heart surgery -- Poison frontman Bret Michaels dedicated a new hospitality and music room at St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz.
Michaels was on hand for the ceremony on Tuesday (Oct. 9), along with Patty White, the hospital's president and CEO, who told him, "We want to welcome you back this time for a celebration."
After thanking the neurosurgeon who saved his life, Michaels unveiled the Bret Michaels Hospitality and Music Room, "whose sole purpose is to provide comfort, serenity and peace to families that are going through a very trying time in their lives."
The singer was instrumental in the room's design, right down to the decor -- which includes photos and magazine covers of Michaels and his family, televisions playing Michaels concert footage, and Michaels quotes such as, "Raise your hands, rejoice and rock as if there is no tomorrow" and "Respect the past, dream the future, live in the moment."
"I think Bret has really inspired so many people with his recent medical illnesses and his remarkable recovery," said Joseph Zabramski, the doctor who operated on Michaels' brain. "And he will continue to inspire, particularly patients and their families who come here to Barrow and use this room to find peace and comfort during their stay with us."