Singers lift spirits at University Hospital with visit every Sunday

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 6 at 8:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Through the halls of University Hospital a group of men from the West Chestnut Baptist Church carry on a tradition that started in 1931. They come to sing to the patients and staff every Sunday.

“They're wonderful. They lift up your spirit,” said patient James Campbell.

“This is our mission. This is our calling and so we keep trying to do that,” said singer Thomas Jackson.

No one understands their mission better than Nurse Susan Phillips.

“I had a son that was here in the oncology unit for three and a half months. He died here. One Sunday afternoon when he was first admitted, I came in to visit and he said, ‘Mom, I thought I heard angels coming to get me,’” Phillips said.

Her son loved the music. After he passed, she got a job at the hospital. At first, hearing them wasn’t easy.

“When I first heard them sing, when I started working here it really touched a nerve, and I just had to get away, but as the months wore on and the years wore on, it’s been about six years since he died, I just use it as a tribute to my son,” Phillips said.

The founding fathers of the group started the tradition at Louisville’s General Hospital.
 

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