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Western Maryland Health Project

Western Maryland Health Art Consulting Project

western-marylandLocated in Cumberland, Maryland, with a design stylistic of Modernist architecture, Western Maryland Health Systems hospital was completed in November 2009. The $268 million, 585,000-square-foot, seven-story facility replaced and consolidated two aging hospitals, Sacred Heart and Memorial. Providing the local community with state-of-the-art care, the 275-bed hospital includes 18 surgical suites and emergency department, ICU, CVU and pediatric units, laboratories, pharmacy, café, chapel and a healing garden. From its inception, the hospital board, its executives, and design team envisioned an extremely ambitious plan for the use of local art.

Lin Swensson, of Lin Swensson & Associates, Inc., provided overall guidance for this highly complex, hospital-wide art acquisition and installation, which consists of 500 works from various regional artists. The art program was designed to benefit patients, employees, caregivers, and the local community. From the beginning, Swensson pursued a broad vision of a harmonious and integrated healing space. In the year-long process, she considered wide range of factors: local geography and architecture, color and its effects, psychological and physical effects of various ailments and their treatment, physical location of art, way-finding for visitors and patients, and even the effects of framing.

A cooperative effort was key in the development of this program. The hospital board, its executives, medical professionals, employees, and an ad hoc art board made great contributions through monthly planning meetings and on-going communications. Swensson teamed with the architectural design team, Hord Coplan Macht and the interior design team, Arris, to maintain the vision of the hospital while focusing on the inclusion of the proposed art into the architecture and interiors. Thus, the effort to achieve a fully integrated and harmonious healing environment, both inside and out, is faithfully represented.

  • Cumberland, Maryland
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Start date: January 2009
  • Completion date: December 2009
  • 275 Beds
  • New Construction
  • Square footage: 585,000
  • Client reference: Kathy Rodgers – Public Relations – 240-964-8022 – Cumberland, Maryland
  • Project budget: $398,000
  • Design Fee: $98,000
  • Reimbursements: $25,000


  • Healing Environment Art Programming (EBD)
  • lead consultant, programming & contract negotiations
  • design development, LEED compliance
  • inventory, procurement, installation of all collections
  • foundation & donor development
  • art incorporated with way-finding




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