A volunteer pianist supports South Bay Hospital patients with soft music outside the COVID Immunization Clinic

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (KGO) — South Bay resident Don Eberhard has a musical talent he wants to share with his community.

For the past few years, he has volunteered at Sutter Health in Mountain View playing the piano for staff and patients.

He says the world needs something good to see and hear.

“Surgeons here do organ implants and complex surgeries,” Eberhard said. “In my life as a volunteer, I do music implant implants to lift people’s spirits.”

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What started as a way to pass the time and spread joy at his mother-in-law’s retirement home turned into a way for him to give back to his community at this hospital.

Eberhard hits all the right notes with patients, doctors and staff all in the mood for a tune after some of the most trying two years of our lives.

“People need a lift right now, whether it’s COVID or post-COVID,” Eberhard said. “It’s not an easy world to navigate.”

“It really puts you at ease,” said Araceli Diaz, regional manager for Sutter Health South Bay. “You feel a kind of zen. I’m pretty sure when patients come in and they hear that, it makes them feel a little bit better too.”

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The position of the piano is about as important as the music.

Eberhard is right next to the COVID vaccination clinic, so people can relax while waiting for their 15 minutes after the vaccine.

Hospital staff enjoy the quiet experience created by their music volunteer.

“I think it’s great to be able to have all of our volunteers back, especially because we can enjoy this great music,” Diaz said. “It lifts everyone’s spirits and we’re just so grateful to have it.”

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Eberhard says he will continue to play as long as he can and is grateful for the impact he is having on his community.

“People don’t have to wear masks over their ears, the music when I play it is unfiltered,” Eberhard said. “At the end of the day, my payoff is being able to give back to the community, help people stay calm in difficult times, and contribute something.”

Thank you, piano man, these patients and healthcare heroes are feeling great.

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