Cone Health Nurse Finds Original Artist to Serenade Patient
When Stephanie Correa, DNP, RN, NC-BC, saw her patient's spirits were low, she knew some special encouragement was needed.
"It was like he had just given up," admits Jimmy Clayton's wife, Janice.
Hospitalized for heart failure and a myriad of other ailments, Jimmy Clayton's blank stares concerned his nurse who noticed music was its own medicine for Clayton.
"It was a drastic turnaround," says Correa who realized singing his favorite song lifted his outlook. So much so, Correa decided instead of singing the 1972 hit "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" to her patient herself, she'd find the original artist.
A few online searches and a little sleuth work later, the Cone Health nurse had Elliot Lurie of Looking Glass queued up and ready to serenade the struggling Clayton in his hospital room. It was a turning point for his recovery, his wife says.
"They gave him a gift like he'd never had before," Janice Clayton says.
"Brandy" has always been his favorite song and hearing it straight from the Los Angeles-based Elliot Lurie's lips took him back to his days riding down the road in his light blue and white Plymouth Duster, listening to the song.
The 68-year-old Clayton says: "I really appreciate people thought enough of me to do that."