Musicians On Call welcomed Better Than Ezra singer and New Orleans native Kevin Griffin to Ochsner Medical Center today for a special launch celebration of its local Bedside Performance Program. Griffin gave an exclusive performance in the Visitor’s Garden and sang some of his best known hits, including Better Than Ezra’s “Good” and Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue,” which he co-wrote. Afterwards he spent time with patients for a song at their bedsides.
Musicians On Call began piloting its Bedside Performance Program in New Orleans-area facilities in 2018. To date, volunteers have performed for more than 2,300 patients, families and caregivers locally. MOC was able to bring its programs to New Orleans thanks to generous support from its first local champion and benefactor Tim Goux. Volunteers regularly visit patients at Ochsner Medical Center and MOC recently started programs at New Orleans VA Medical Center.
“As an organization Musicians On Call has the honor of using music to help patients heal and enjoy some moments of relief during a very trying time in their lives. It’s only because of our incredible ambassador Tim Goux that we are able to bring these healing benefits to New Orleans, and we are thrilled to be regularly visiting patients, their family members and caregivers here in town. I can’t thank Tim enough for being a champion of our mission and connecting us with the area’s rich history of music and philanthropy,” said Musicians On Call President & CEO Pete Griffin. “Today was an unforgettable day celebrating the impact our volunteers have already had with our great friend Kevin Griffin. We look forward to creating more moments like this in New Orleans in the coming years.”
“From the moment I read about Musicians on Call, I knew the program would thrive in New Orleans. And it is. MOC has successfully tapped into our musical community lifting the spirits of patients at Ochsner and this is just the beginning,” said Tim Goux, founder of CareRise Holdings and Inspire Risk Investments. “It has been fulfilling to watch the MOC team in action, from building the New Orleans chapter from the ground up to coordinating performances for thousands so far, with many more to come.”
For more than 20 years MOC has used music to promote and complement the healing process through its flagship Bedside Performance Program, making it the nation’s leading provider of live music in hospitals. MOC volunteers have performed for more than 800,000 individuals across 21 markets nationwide, including New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Washington, DC, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Las Vegas, San Francisco and more.
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