Scientific studies confirm the benefits of art. In particular, images depicting nature-such as savannahs, still water, and non-threatening wildlife-are stress-reducing and often health-inducing. Art of this type can decrease patients' anxiety, cause them to perceive waiting times as shorter, and enable them to go home sooner. Studies show that many patients exposed to art request fewer pain medications. Art also increases staff satisfaction, and in doing so aids retention.
Our art consultant, Rosalyn Cama, and community experts constitute the interdisciplinary Art for Healing Committee, which carefully guides art selection through an evidence-based process. Works of art, most by local artists, are selected for acquisition according to specific criteria. A healthcare designer for more than 30 years, Ms. Cama chairs the Board of the Center for Health Design.
The Art for Healing initiative offers highly visible naming opportunities for gifts ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 or more. To learn more about how you can support this exciting program, please
- Click here to view or download the Art for Healing brochure; or,
- Click here to read more about the program in the article "Art for Healing: Transforming the Hospital into a Healing Destination" in our FoundationNews Winter 2012 newsletter; or,
- For additional information, please contact the PHCS Foundation Office at 609.252.8710.