Primary Children's Medical Center (PCMC) has been a place of healing for children in the Wasatch Front since its founding in 1922. Now, thanks to the efforts of the Forever Young Foundation, PCMC has a new addition, a music therapy space called Sophie's Place.
"Music therapy is making a healing difference in a lot of kids' lives" says Steve Young, Forever Young founder and NFL hall of famer. "The science of it, is why this is here." Young adds people don't often realize the true healing abilities music can offer and that there are 72 children's hospitals in the US that provide fully-staffed music therapists.
Steve Young discusses Sophie's Place at Primary Children's Medical Center.
"What they're doing" Young says, "is finding music grows brain tissue—neural pathways that medicine can't."
Sophie's Place is named after Sophie Barton, a PCMC volunteer musician who passed away three years ago. At the opening, Young joined the Barton family, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and members of the Stone Temple Pilots for a private concert. The ribbon was cut by PCMC CEO Katy Welkie and 5-year old heart transplant patient, Matthew Sperry.
Sophie's Place joins the existing Forever Young Zone on the third floor of Primary Children's Hospital. Providing children who stay at the hospital a comfortable place to congregate, something Young says is an important aspect to include. "Imagine how much healing can happen, just interacting and having places for people to meet and make friends and feel less isolated."