RICHLAND, Wash. - Hospitals can be a very stressful and even sad place to be, but some local musicians are donating their time and talents to lift people's spirits.
Roger Bean is one of 16 musicians that play the piano in the lobby of Kadlec Medical Center every week. He's been playing the piano for over 65 years, and can play just about whatever he wants.
"I get a lot of requests as a matter of fact. Sometimes I can play them," as Bean laughs out load.
But the requests aren't just to entertain, he's been asked to help the many patients or family members that walk through the hospital every day, who may be in a painful situation.
"People will be sitting in the intensive care lounge and their waiting for somebody who is having heart bypass surgery and they can hear the music and it puts a smile on their face," said Meg Fallows, Kadlec Volunteer Coordinator.
And Roger Bean has witnessed the healing power of this music therapy. "We'll they just say it makes them feel better," said Bean.
If you would like to volunteer, Kadlec is always looking for new talent.