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Jersey Mike’s Subs Give Gift of Music to Youth Psych Unit

Photo caption: (Left to right)David Wood, general manager with Jersey Mike’s; Fred Brown, DNP, RN, NE-BC; Stephanie Owen, MA, LPC, ATR; and Sean Sorensen, operations manager with Jersey Mike’s

Stephanie Owen, MA, LPC, ATR, has seen firsthand how music can help patients in Rush’s child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit.

“Patients are admitted to the program for crisis stabilization,” said Owen, an art therapist with Rush’s Department of Child Life. “Many if not all patients identify music as a coping skill they use or have used in the past that’s been effective.”

Music has not been consistently available to unit patients because there weren’t always enough radios and headsets to use. But a local Jersey Mike’s restaurant changed that for this inpatient program.

On June 10, David Wood, general manager of the 203 E. Ohio St. Jersey Mike’s Subs, and Sean Sorensen, operations manager for the restaurant, came to 4 Kellogg at Rush to donate music listening equipment to the unit. Using $800, Owen and Wood purchased 24 wireless headsets, two 16-input USB chargers and two wireless AM/FM radios with CD players for Rush.

“I know Rush’s core values and our culture and values as a restaurant are in sync,” said Wood, who is a former Rush employee. Supporting local community organizations and services are heavily encouraged by Jersey Mike’s franchises, Wood said. 

“I have seen myself how deeply staff at Rush care for their patients through my own employment here,” Wood said. “This was a perfect opportunity to use what I have to help out.”

The headsets will offer an added essential tool for young patients coming to the psychiatric program facing difficult and complex challenges, Owen said.

“Music is such an important coping method for many of the youth who are admitted to the inpatient unit,” Owen said. “With the ability to access music while learning other important skills during their stay on 4 Kellogg, they are able to practice something that can help them during a time of crisis.”

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