Musicians On Call Kicks Off Programs at HCA Florida Aventura Hospital

Musicians On Call is bringing the MOC Bedside and Virtual programs to South Florida to share the healing power of music in local facilities. Volunteers will begin visiting patients at HCA Florida Aventura Hospital on a regular basis, going room-to-room to perform directly at the bedsides of patients. The hospital will also be able to join MOC’s ongoing virtual programs and enjoy 30-minute, interactive live broadcasts of volunteer performances.

In celebration of this expansion, Musicians On Call welcomed local artist and Volunteer Musician Bryant Del Toro to HCA Florida Aventura Hospital to launch these new programs and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Representatives and leadership from the hospital and Musicians On Call were in attendance to mark the special occasion. MOC also presented the facility with a commemorative Epiphone guitar in celebration of the partnership. Following his public performance, Del Toro visited patient bedsides for one-on-one moments.

The expansion of MOC’s programs is possible thanks to a collaboration with HCA Healthcare that included a $1 million gift to fund the creation and launch of MOC’s proprietary program platform. This new platform streamlines MOC’s program delivery, making it more efficient and enabling the organization to reach more hospital patients and healthcare workers nationwide.

“By expanding our live music programs in South Florida, we are opening up access to music’s many healing qualities. Music has been proven to have a significant impact on the patient experience, and these programs will provide local patients, families, and caregivers with a powerful and uplifting source of comfort and strength,” said Musicians On Call President & CEO Pete Griffin. “We deeply appreciate the partnership with HCA Healthcare, whose support has been instrumental in making this expansion possible. And we are grateful to Bryant Del Toro and HCA Florida Aventura Hospital for joining us in our launch celebration. We look forward to welcoming new local volunteers to join us in delivering the healing power of music.”

HCA Florida Aventura Hospital is delighted to be the first HCA Healthcare hospital to launch the expansion of Musician On Call programs. We are delighted to enrich the patient experience further with live, bedside music programming at our Fortune/PINC AI ranked 100 Top Hospital. At HCA Florida Aventura Hospital we show up for our patients, and now through the healing power of music improving more lives in more ways. David LeMonte, Chief Executive Officer of HCA

Musicians On Call is looking for musicians and music lovers to help share the joys of live music in the Miami area as certified MOC Volunteers. Volunteer Musicians are local, professional-caliber musicians who perform hopeful songs at the bedside or live during virtual programs. Volunteer Guides act as the “eyes and ears” of MOC, leading the musician through the experience of playing for patients and liaising between families and staff, both at the bedside and virtually. Anyone who is interested in volunteering can learn more at https://www.musiciansoncall.org/get-involved/.

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