Art in the healing environment
Health care research has shown that the physical environment and how we experience it with our senses influences our mind-body connection and health. Studies make a strong link between arts and the healing process.
Visual art and soothing images are widely used in medical facilities to promote a positive effect on a person’s mood. Legacy Health uses art and imagery in the public and patient care areas of its medical centers to create healing environments for patients, welcome visitors, and enhance the workplace experience.
Several employees from Legacy Medical Group’s multispecialty practices at Mount Hood Medical Center recently participated in a creative workshop to make artwork for the entrance lobby to welcome patients to the new clinic location in Medical Office Building 4. “Contributing to the art project was inspiring because we created a statement piece that offers positive words for everyone who passes by,” said Tammy MacPhee, R.N. Another participant, Gretchen Simkovic, speaks about the influence of art on emotions. “I often see how the visual imagery in the reception area where I work visibly calms people down when they arrive at our clinic anxious about their procedure,” she said.
The art project was also a team building exercise. Staff working in LMG multispecialty clinics at Legacy Mount Hood recently moved to a central clinic space from separate locations on the campus. The exercise helped them get better acquainted and strengthen connections to build stronger clinic practice teams. “It was fun to contribute to something outside our normal routine and to get to know our colleagues better,” said Jerry Bassett, M.D. who took part in the artwork exercise. The creative art project was facilitated by artists Juliet Moran and Jennifer Mark with Open Eye Art