Physician-led Bluegrass Band Transforms Egleston

Physician-led bluegrass band transforms Egleston into barnyard party

For an afternoon in August 2016, the joyful sounds of a banjo, bass and fiddle trio filled the Egleston lobby and drew crowds from all corners of the hospital to watch, dance and enjoy. More than 200 patients and families, employees and physicians attended the boot-scootin’ concert. Guests were also treated to healthy snacks, including “Farm Fresh Veggies and Dip” and “Popped Corn Off the Cob,” and various activities, including a country-themed coloring station and a fun-filled photo booth.

The musical celebration featured one of Children’s own pediatric surgeons, Paul Parker, M.D., on the banjo with his band, The Druid Hills Billys. The trio played crowd favorites such as “She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain,” “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and other classic country tunes.

For Dr. Parker, playing the banjo is a beloved hobby and a prime example of how he avoids this physician burnout. He was more than happy to showcase his talents and twang during the dedicated event.

Local media, including 11 Alive and Fox 5 Atlanta, covered the Bluegrass Bonanza event, highlighting Dr. Parker’s involvement in his band and his efforts to avoid burnout.

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