Songs For Kids Makes Pit Stop At Children’s Hospital

Monday, November 11, 2013

T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger became the 229th hospital in the United States to host Songs For Kids Tour during the nonprofit’s year-long journey to enrich lives through music. 

Songs For Kids Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2007 with a goal to bring music to children’s hospitals and special needs camps through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and the Songs For Kids Records songwriting and recording program. 

Earlier this year, two artists from the foundation began a tour across the United States, covering 25,000 miles and bringing music to over 200 children’s hospitals in over 180 cities. 

“We wanted to do something massive,” said Josh Rifkind, Songs For Kids musician.  “Our goal is to bring music to all people.” 

It is a known fact in the healthcare industry that music can be used as a treatment for patients of all ages.  Singing, playing an instrument or even listening to music can calm high levels of anxiety or fear, helps the patient focus on another avenue for communicating and expressing themselves and facilitates movement and physical rehabilitation. 

The Songs For Kids Tour hopes to impact thousands of hospitalized children and their families as the foundation continues to grow its vision and commitment for national service.

The artists know they have made a difference by the exciting feedback from the patients and staff members. 

“The majority of families and staff have asked us to come back,” said Sanjay Kothari, Songs For Kids musician. 

But the musicians will have to come back some other time.  They have 11 more hospitals to go before the tour ends next Friday.

For more information on Songs For Kids, visit www.songsforkidstour.org


State Approves Completion Of Erlanger East To Full Service Hospital

The State of Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency unanimously approved an extension to complete the expansion of Erlanger East Hospital to a full-service hospital with 107 inpatient beds.    The state’s “certificate of need” approval, which came last week, allows the Erlanger Health System to complete its $68.7 million expansion project at Erlanger East ... (click for more)

Hutcheson To Host Community Health Fair At Trenton Family Practice

Hutcheson Medical Center will host a health fair at Trenton Family Practice,12978 North Main St. in Trenton, Ga. on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 4-6 p.m. The public is invited to attend and participate, and pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register, please call 706-657-4183. "Health screens plays a major role in preventative medical care," organizers said.   Hutcheson ... (click for more)

EPB Says Bottom Line Is It Owes City $17,049 For Street Light Billing; DePriest Says Figure Is Starting Point For Talks With City: EPB To Ask Dismissal Of "Frivolous" Lepard Lawsuit

EPB officials on Tuesday morning released a report by Mauldin & Jenkins, the independent accounting firm charged with analyzing the process errors that led to questions about billing for public street lights, that gives a bottom line figure that EPB owes the city of Chattanooga $17,049. Harold DePriest, EPB president, said that is a starting point for ongoing talks with the ... (click for more)

Family Makes Treasure Trove Of Early Chattanooga Photographs Available For Book; Stokes Collection Has Been Passed Down To Descendants

A treasure trove of Chattanooga photographs that have been passed down in the Stokes family for generations has now been assembled in an upcoming book. Chattanooga Around The Turn Of The Century: The Remarkable Stokes Collection will be published by Chattanoogan.com. Pre-orders are now being taken for the book, which includes over 700 photos on large-size pages. Publisher ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He Can Never Go Home

When Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sparked top-ranked Florida State to a 56-41 comeback over N.C. State last Saturday, you would have thought the world had forgotten and virtually excused his vulgar rant from the week before. His inexcusable mid-week antics kept him sidelined during the Clemson game and brought down the nation’s scorn but less than a week later he was ... (click for more)