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Stony Brook Children's Patients Become the Stars during Bedside Musical Performances

Jul 24, 2013 - 4:19:39 PM

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Older patients like Jiana Hall, 10, of Patchogue, selected upbeat tunes and recent hits. Jiana showed off her rhythm skills on tambourine when joining in a rendition of Taio Cruz’s hit song “Dynamite.”
, July 24, 2013 – Patients at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital became the stars when they joined professional musicians from the Songs For Kids Tour during bedside performances that included folk, pop, and even jazzed up nursery rhymes. Part of a national tour to enrich the lives of children suffering from illness and hardship, the July 22 visit to Stony Brook Children’s brought smiles to patients and their families alike.
Organized by Child Life Specialists at Stony Brook Children’s, the visit included two acoustic guitar-playing musicians who engaged patients at their bedside and played songs the patients wanted to hear. They encouraged them to sing along, and/or play a tambourine or maraca and be part of the music in any way they wished. For the youngest of patients, parents suggested tunes.
Sandy Carbajal of Medford led her daughter, Valerie Carbajal, 2, to a maraca she could shake. The musicians, Sanjay Kothari (left) and Josh Rifkind (right) played Valerie several nursery rhymes, including a groovy rendition of “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
The tour is part of the Songs for Kids Foundation, Inc., formed in 2007. The goal of the 2013 tour is to bring music programs to kids in more than 200 children’s hospitals in more than 180 cities by covering 25,000 miles in eight months. So far they have visited more than 100 hospitals covering 19 states, including the visit to Stony Brook Children’s.
About Stony Brook Children’s:
Established in June 2010, Stony Brook Children's is Suffolk County’s only children’s hospital. More than 7,000 children and adolescents are admitted each year. Stony Brook Children’s operates 100 pediatric beds and has more than 140 full-time pediatric physicians and surgeons in 30 different specialties and over 200 voluntary pediatric faculty members. The hospital is the Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center for our area and has a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It is home to the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center and also offers a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program, Pediatric Cardiology Program, Pediatric HIV and AIDS Center, Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. To learn more, visit

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