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Transforming the Patient-Family Experience through Art

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

Join us in saluting WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, title sponsor for the March 20 event, Glitter & Glue: An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Kelly Corrigan. We are thrilled that WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital recognizes the value and correlation between the arts and well-being. Read all about their current initiatives supporting this bond:

By Will Lavery, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Public Relations & Marketing

Wellspan-WEBPutting the needs of our patients first, Gettysburg Hospital Foundation recently established a special fund to support WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s commitment to offering an exceptional patient-family experience.

The WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Patient Experience Fund provides financial support for important projects and initiatives that directly impact the patient-family centered experience, including art and music therapy, establishment of healing environments throughout the hospital campus, and much more.

Two current initiatives supported by the Patient Experience Fund and the hospital’s continual focus on the patient-family centered experience are the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Healing Garden and Healing HeARTS program.

A focal piece of the patient-family centered experience for the hospital this year will be this spring’s grand opening of a healing garden on the hospital campus. The healing garden will be a space specially designed to provide a refuge for patients, families and staff.  Our hope is that the garden will provide comfort, inspire strength, reduce stress, and promote a sense of well-being.

The new healing garden at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital will be a space where patients, visitors and employees can spend quiet, reflective time and renew their spirits as they deal with health challenges or stress.  When it is complete the healing garden will be located outside of the first floor Diagnostic Testing waiting area.  The garden will feature a new paver walkway and benches. New trees, shrubs and perennials will be planted. The space will provide a true area of reflection that is vital to a facility dedicated to healing and hope.

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Seeds of Hope floral art tiles


The development of the Healing HeARTS program at the hospital is designed to benefit those who receive care, those who provide care, and those who wish to deepen their wellness and self-healing. The project will support a transformative hospital environment to promote hope and healing through the arts, reducing stress and anxiety for patient, families and staff. Artwork displayed at various points in the hospital will be healing in nature, reflective of the Adams County community and rich history of the region, and complement the healing environment of the facility.

One Healing HeARTS effort already under way that will showcase the power of visual arts is through the vivid colors of Seeds of Hope floral tiles hand-painted by Canadian artist, Jeremy Bortz.  The art pieces are available for purchase as individual tiles or gardens that will be placed at designated locations throughout the hospital.

With these efforts WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital is just scratching the surface of tapping into the healing power of art and its relationship to the experience of our patients and family members. We believe they play an important part in our efforts to provide an exceptional care experience for every patient who enters our doors for care.