Bret Michaels Thanks the Hospital That Saved His Life
Two years ago, Poison frontman Bret Michaels suffered a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, and he credits the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. for delivering him from death's doorstep.
Since then, he's donated a music room to the institute, and now he's also helping celebrate the hospital's 50th anniversary.
A video Michaels did for the occasion is part of “The 50 Years, 50 Faces Project,” which features clips of Barrow patients and staff recounting stories of the hospital's impact on them. In Bret's video, he sends his utmost thanks to "my good friends [at Barrow] for saving my life."
It's not surprising he'd lend his voice to the project -- Michaels has often publicly expressed his gratitude to Barrow, and last fall he even donated a music room (dubbed the Bret Michaels Hospitality and Music Room) that has listening stations, relaxation areas, video monitors, comfortable sofas and a refreshment area for patients' families.
"If they're here all night, searching their soul, a lot of people that are going through a very devastating time in their life," he said at the time. "I want to give something back to the hospital that helped save my life."
Michaels has done other work for Barrows as well. Last spring he performed at the Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix and auctioned off a dinner for 10 people at his home, with the proceeds going toward the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, which is also located at the neurological institute.
When he isn't paying it forward, Bret is working on his new solo album, 'Get Your Rock On,' and of course prepping with his Poison bandmates for their upcoming summer tour with Def Leppard.
Watch Bret Michaels Thank the Barrow Neurological Institute