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Bret Michaels unveils music room at Barrow Neurological Institute

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Patients treated at St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute will now find respite inside a special hospitality room unveiled Tuesday.

Located on the third floor, this is a place filled with rock and roll.

What is so special about the room is that it is the brain child of a former patient, rock star Bret Michaels. He made it possible because he says the doctors there saved his life.

In true rock and roll style, rock icon Bret Michaels officially opened the doors to his Hospitality and Music Room in St. Joseph's Hospital.

"It just gives them something to take their mind off what's going on with their family," said Michaels.

Filled with guitars, memorabilia and concert photos, the room serves as a much-needed distraction.

Michaels knows firsthand why that's needed. The former front man of Poison, one of the biggest hair metal bands of the 80s, was treated at the Barrow Neurological Institute in 2010 for a life threatening type of stroke.

"What I found was that the man that wrote 'every rose has its thorn' is actually a rose among the thorns," says Dr. Joseph Zabramski.

Dr. Zabramski calls Michaels an inspiration.

"It's just a remarkable thing, it's something that seems to be programmed into our brain. Every society has music and music is an escape," he says.

Michaels told us the inspirational posters are one of his favorite things in the room. He hopes that what is written on them offers patients and their families the strength to continue with the healing process.

"I just wrote out sayings that helped me get through my life."

After his surgery at Barrow, Michaels made a quick recovery. A place to recharge like his music room could help others do the same.

"Sole purpose is to provide comfort, is to provide serenity and peace for the families who are going through a very traumatic time in their life," said Michaels.

The doctors at St. Joseph's tell us Barrow does more brain surgeries than any hospital in the United States. People come to them from all over the world.

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