The Power of Art to Promote Healing
Multiples studies have found a connection between engagement with the creative arts and health. Evidence indicates art-based interventions are effective in reducing adverse physiological and psychological outcomes.
Healing Arts Initiatives
Healing Arts Exhibits – Rotating and permanent exhibits by local artists throughout USC Verdugo Hills Hospital (USC VHH), including patient treatment areas, are curated to create an uplifting and hopeful environment for our patients, their family, hospital staff and the community-at-large.
Healing Arts at the Bedside – During the COVID-19 pandemic, patient visitation became extremely limited. To assist our patients through this difficult and isolating time, the USC-VHH’s healing arts exhibits were mobilized through our Art Cart program and digitized through our Healing Arts Stories iPad program. The mobile art cart provides patients with a take-home framed print of their choice from our Healing Arts Exhibit Archive and is displayed bedisde during their stay. Additionally patients have access, via iPad, to artist-narrated digital art exhibits. Studies have shown that simply viewing artwork that reflects positive images of nature or familiar scenery decreases stress and anxiety, distracts from pain, and promotes a sense of comfort and connection.
Art Therapy for Patients and Employees – USC-VHH has conducted clinical art therapy pilot projects as an integrative approach to post-operative pain management, stress reduction and adjustment to hospitlization. Additionally, art therapy is used in our physical therapy department as a rehabilitation tool with stroke survivors. And, as an engaging way to care for our caregivers, staff are invited to share their talents by particpating in an annual employee art exhibit featured in our Café’ Art Gallery. Arts-based wellness events for our employees and volunteers are also hosted throughout the year.
Make an Impact
At USC-VHH our mission is to provide personalized, high-quality healthcare relevant to our community. We invite you to support this mission and help us expand the use of Healing Arts to enhance not only our patients’ experience and wellness, but that of their family members, our staff and the community-at-large.