Bret Michaels unveils treatment room at Phoenix hospital

Oct 9, 2012, 4:53 PM | Updated: 4:54 pm

Rock star Bret Michaels officially unveiled the Bret Michaels’ Hospitality and Music Room for patients’ families inside St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute during a Tuesday ceremony.

Michaels, who was once a patient at St. Joe’s after suffering a massive stroke, thought families of the sick need to find a place to find comfort and relaxation.

“I was in ICU for 12 days,” the former Poison front man said. “Once you get about the sixth, seventh day in and you’re still in ICU, you know, I have two daughters, Kristy and the kids, they didn’t know where to go, and they’re trying to find a place. So hopefully, this lets people find a place to sit and take their brain off of it for a while.”

It took a year of planning and preparation, but the room is now open for families to enjoy. It’s located near patients’ rooms and decorated with a music theme and features many pieces of the rocker’s personal music memorabilia.

Meanwhile, Michaels said he’s about 95 percent back to normal after suffering the stroke back in 2010. It was a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of stroke that causes bleeding in the fluid-filled spaces around the base of the brain.

Michaels returned to St. Joseph’s in 2011 to undergo a heart procedure to close a hole in his heart. Since his treatment in Phoenix, Michaels has enjoyed successful national concert tours.

“I still go through therapy to get a few things fixed, but I feel so blessed to be alive that the rest is icing on the cake. I feel great,” he said.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Rock star Bret Michaels celebrates the official opening of the Bret Michaels' Hospitality and Music Room 
at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix on Tuesday. Michaels was treated at Barrow in 2010 for a brain hemorrhage and says he owes his life to Barrow. The room, donated by Michaels, will be used for patients' families to relax. (Dignity Health) Rock star Bret Michaels and his neurosurgeon Joseph Zabramski, MD, officially open the Bret Michaels' Hospitality and Music Room at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix on Tuesday. Michaels was treated at Barrow in 2010 for a brain hemorrhage and says he owes his life to Barrow and Dr. Zabramski. The room, donated by Michaels, will be used for patients' families to relax. (Dignity Health) Bret Michaels introduces the new Bret Michaels' Hospitality and Music Room at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (Sandra Haros/KTAR)

Arizona News

(JLL)...
Kevin Stone

Real estate firm JLL completes move into Phoenix’s The Grove development

Global real estate services firm JLL announced that it has finished moving its Arizona operations into Phoenix's The Grove development.
11 hours ago
A fisherman throws a cast net along shore of Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, F...
KTAR.com

California holds out as Arizona, other states submit Colorado River water plan

Six Western states that rely on water from the Colorado River, including Arizona, have agreed on a model to cut water use in the basin.
11 hours ago
(Unsplash Photo)...
KTAR.com

Apache Junction toddler dies of overdose after swallowing fentanyl pill

Police in Apache Junction are investigating the death of a toddler boy they said ingested fentanyl.
11 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation)...
KTAR.com

ASU receives $5.5M in funding to help fill nursing needs

Arizona State University was awarded over $5 million to pay tuition and fees for 104 students, the school announced. 
11 hours ago
(El Mirage Police Department Photos)...
KTAR.com

3 arrested after house tied to human smuggling in El Mirage was targeted

Three people were arrested and a man is dead after a home tied to a human smuggling operation in El Mirage was targeted on Saturday.
11 hours ago
Follow @KTAR923...
KTAR.com

Glendale firefighter honored for life-saving effort by city of Surprise

A Glendale firefighter was honored Monday for life-saving actions he made last August, the city of Surprise announced.
11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
Bret Michaels unveils treatment room at Phoenix hospital