For National Hospital Week, May 9-15, and its theme Inspiring Hope through Healing, Musicians On Call and the American Hospital Association (AHA) teamed up to produce an original song and video that honors the commitment of hospital and healthcare workers. Featuring the vocal and songwriting talents of MOC Volunteer Musician Brailey Lenderman, and co-written and produced by hit songwriter Chris Sligh (“Here Comes Goodbye” – Rascal Flatts), “Worth Fighting For” is a song that was inspired by the words of hospital staff at AHA’s hospitals and health systems nationwide.
As part of the songwriting process, Brailey met virtually with hospital workers including nurses, doctors, pharmacy managers and environmental services staff, facilitated by MOC’s Virtual Bedside Performance Program, where they shared moments of joy and struggles they faced during the pandemic. This collaboration proved to be healing for all healthcare workers involved. AHA also invited healthcare workers to share stories online and via social media about what has inspired them throughout the pandemic. These stories also influenced the lyrics of the song and serve as the backdrop for the special video released with it.
“Worth Fighting For” is now available for streaming on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music and Apple Music.
“Music has an undeniable power to bring joy and hope to any circumstance. As Musicians On Call delivered live music to caregivers virtually throughout the pandemic, it was very uplifting to see the music make them smile and give them important moments of relief during highly stressful shifts,” said MOC President & CEO Pete Griffin. “We are honored to collaborate with the American Hospital Association, and are grateful to Brailey and Chris for lending their talents, to pay tribute to the incredible dedication of all hospital workers during National Hospital Week.”
“The women and men working in America’s hospitals and health systems have shown our nation the meaning of courage, strength, perseverance, and dedication through their heroic efforts battling COVID-19. We honor their work and contribution every year but this year we are even more indebted to them as they cared for patients during a pandemic,” said Rick Pollack, AHA president and CEO.
National Hospital Week is an opportunity to highlight the nation’s hospitals, health systems and healthcare workers and the innovative ways they are supporting the needs of their community members, especially during the pandemic.