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Baird 5 Pediatrics

Young Tradition Vermont is providing opportunities during COVID-19 restrictions for children and youth spending time on Baird 5 Pediatrics at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington – plus their families and their caretakers – to see and hear performances by guest musicians.

The sessions are sponsored by Young Tradition Vermont and coordinated through the UVM Medical Center’s Child Life Department. They are designed for Baird 5 patients, their families and UVM Medical Center staff. They are not designed for the general public.

Musicians pre-record a 15 to 20 minute video downloaded to YouTube, playing any style of music they want, as long its uplifting and fun.

Anyone interested in participating should contact mark.sustic@gmail.com for more info. For now, we’re prioritizing teen participants, but welcome hearing from anyone who’s interested.  We pre-review the videos, so if there’s anything that needs to be redone or done differently, we will be back in touch. Baird 5 staff share the videos with individual young patients and their families.

Monthly music sessions originated as an attempt by Mark Sustic to reframe his experience in that environment. Prior to his death at age 16, his son Tom spent the better part of 2 years as a patient on Baird 5. Since starting in 2003, over 175 music sessions have brought a measure of joy and happiness to families and children during some of the most difficult times of their lives.

These sessions are presented as part of Young Tradition Vermont’s mission to inspire children with traditional music and dance and to use our resources to support families with children in life-altering situations.

  • It was wonderful having the young musicians here this week. Our pediatric patients, families and staff enjoyed the program!
  • I just wanted to say we are very thankful for your focus and dedication to making the experience work for us, you, and above all the children and their families and the staff that provide so much care. We really respect and appreciate it.
  • Thank you for your support of the Child Life Department at Vermont Children’s Hospital. Child Life Week allowed us to spread awareness about the services we provide to children, families and staff. Thank you for making it a fun and exciting experience-the kids had a blast.