New piano fills hospital with music

Lifestyles: Doctor searched for specific model; volunteers sought to play

of the GatewayFebruary 5, 2014 

Pianist Dale Yeager performs for patients, employees and family members who are visiting their loved ones at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor.

CHRIS BALLASIOTES/COURTESY PHOTO

Music is filling St. Anthony Hospital, thanks to a new piano.

Equipped with a dolly on the bottom, the hospital is try different locations and will have an official dedication this month.

The piano was donated by Pamela Morton, Sharon Gakin and Dr. Thomas Binnall, who chose the instrument. Binnall searched for it because he wanted the 1983 studio-style piano manufactured by Baldwin.

It came from a private residence in Marysville, Binnall wrote via email.

“I shopped around to find this make and model because these pianos sound larger than they are and are very durable and very reliable,” he wrote.

Binnall did some maintenance, including two tunings, before he donated it.

Applications are open for volunteer pianists. Current players are Dale Yeager and Kristin “Jo” Nivling, the hospital chaplain. They will perform at the dedication ceremony, along with Susan Luebeck, another staff member-turned-volunteer-pianist. Luebeck is a patient registration specialist in emergency department.

The pianists will take turns playing classic songs such as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Love Divine All Loves Excelling” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”

The piano will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Larson Lobby at the hospital.

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