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Find Supportive Healing Through ArtsCare

Every day patients, visitors and caregivers benefit from Samaritan’s ArtsCare program.

This groundbreaking program places artists in local hospitals to incorporate the arts into the process of healing. Specially trained artists and musicians work with patients in areas such as dialysis, ambulatory infusion, medical/surgical units, cardiac rehabilitation, mental health and the Mario Pastega House. Artists also offer workshops for cancer survivors and caregivers.

The artists work with various media including clay, drawing, painting, printmaking, fiber art, mixed media and many forms of creative writing. In addition, musicians visit the hospitals regularly to provide the healing sounds of the Native American flute, harp, viola, guitar and drums.

Beyond the arts activities that help patients heal, Samaritan has focused on incorporating art and aesthetics into its facilities.

“There is an established body of research that ties architectural improvements with improved health outcomes for patients and well-being for staff,” said Ursula Marinelli, executive director for Pacific Communities Health District Foundation. “One of the hallmarks of the new Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital is the original artwork throughout the facility — in public areas and patient exam rooms.”

Many of the featured artists are residents of Lincoln County, and the artwork highlights nature and regional imagery.

Incorporating art into buildings during improvements and supporting ongoing funding for Samaritan’s ArtsCare program is made possible in part by community donors who believe
in the presence of art and music to enhance the health care experience, and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Visit to support ArtsCare through your local hospital foundation.