To integrate the arts into the process of healing, Samaritan uses resources available through ArtsCare, an innovative program that places artists in local hospitals. The ArtsCare program involves specially-trained artists who work regularly with patients in areas such as dialysis, ambulatory infusion, medical/surgical units, cardiac rehabilitation, mental health and the Mario Pastega House.
The artists work in media including clay, drawing, painting, printmaking, fiber art, quilting, doll making, fabric crafts, and many forms of writing. In addition, participating musicians visit the hospital regularly to provide the healing sounds of the harp, viola, guitar and voice. ArtsCare artists also partner with hospital staff to offer a series of six-week workshops for cancer survivors and caregivers. They also complete commissioned artwork for public spaces and patient care areas throughout the Samaritan system.
In 2009, ArtsCare received special recognition from the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. That national organization awarded ArtsCare a consulting grant to support the development of a strategic plan and a long-range funding plan for the ArtsCare program. That society has also selected Jana Kay Slater, Ph.D., director of Samaritan’s Center for Health Research and Quality, to present multiple papers. In addition, ArtsCare continues to be awarded grant funding.
ArtsCare programs are supported by Samaritan Health Services, The Arts Center in Corvallis and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. Of particular note is the ArtsCare Fund, created by local residents Bob and Kitty Bunn in 2004, and since then supported by grants and financial gifts from like-minded donors. Earnings from the fund support programs and projects at Samaritan-affiliated hospitals and other health care providers in the region.
To learn more about ArtsCare, contact Jana Kay Slater at 541-768-4676.
Learn more about the Arts Center in Corvallis.
Learn more about the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.
Download the ArtsCare brochure.
ArtsCare Mission: We promote the integration of art and music in health care settings and through evaluation and research, advance knowledge regarding its effects.
ArtsCare Vision: Through the everyday presence of art and music in health care settings, we enhance the health care experience and promote the physical and emotional well‐being of patients, visitors and staff. Evaluation and research activities guide ArtsCare growth and contribute to the scientific body of knowledge about arts in health care.
Feedback from ArtsCare patients, artists and supporters:
"This is the most important thing I've ever done." Marion Moir, Newport watercolor artist, on her work with cancer patients through ArtsCare
"I took bits and pieces of broken scraps or clay and formed them into art - just like my life has been broken, I know it can once again be beautiful in a different way." Patient participant in an ArtsCare workshop
"The staff at the Arts Center in Corvallis know about art's curative powers. The center's work since 2003 with cancer, dialysis and mental health patients at Samaritan Health Services hospitals has taken off, providing patients with a chance to make art, working with professional artists to enjoy live music in the hospital and to participate in creative writing programs." The Oregon Arts Commission