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Grateful patient makes piano donation possible to hospital's Marketeria

Toronto, May 16, 2016

By Marc Dodsworth

Don Naduriak plays St. Michael's new piano
Don Naduriak plays St. Michael's new piano. (Photo by Yuri Markarov)

Don Naduriak, an experienced jazz and Latin keyboardist, was so grateful for the care he received at St. Michael’s Hospital that he began to play the piano in the Marketeria once or twice a month.

“I was treated here two years ago,” said Naduriak. “During my stay, I received such amazing care from my doctors and nurses, I felt I had to give back in some way.”

Naduriak soon realized that the hospital’s piano was in such poor condition that it would be more expensive to repair than to replace. He reached out to his contacts at Paul Hahn & Co., Canada’s oldest piano store, who had just assessed a 1909 Nordheimer grand piano in need of a good home.

“We’re thrilled this piano will play a role in the life of the hospital,” said Jeremy Elliott, sales manager at Paul Hahn & Co. “We try to make it so that good instruments go to worthy environments and St. Michael’s is such an example.”

Naduriak said he was keen to continue playing for whomever might be in the Marketeria when he is.

“As a musician, I try to have an awareness of the emotions of those in the room, whether they are distraught patients and their loved ones or doctors or nurses who may have just faced a difficult situation,” he said. “I hope my music can provide some relief or inject some spirit before they go onto their next challenge.”

The new piano was originally owned by a doctor at Humber River Hospital. St. Michael’s Foundation paid for the removal of the old piano and delivery of the new one.

Naduriak broke in the piano at a breakfast kicking off National Nursing Week celebrations at St. Michael’s on May 9.

“As a musician, I can’t really donate a wing to you,” he said at the event. “But perhaps I can give what I have: some time and some music.”

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.