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Healthcare Art Consulting

Art Design Executive Summary:


Lin Swensson and Associates (LSA) Holistic Healthcare Design

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Healthcare interior (and exterior) design has a specific function: to create a positive distraction in a healing environment.

Visual art is a unique communication of the human spirit. The addition of art to the healthcare environment creates a patient-oriented facility. In such a setting an Art Program fosters positive emotions and encourages an instantaneous rapport, across different cultures, ages, geographic regions, and religions.

Evidence Based Design (EBD) studies done in clinical settings* have identified that the incorporation of visual art can impact patient wellness and staff efficiency. Appropriate art reduces stress, facilitates positive feelings, and is supportive of the efforts of caregivers and staff by encouraging spiritual and therapeutic wellness of patients. Art in conjunction with EBD should result in improvement in patient satisfaction, staff productivity and organizational outcomes.

An Art Program for healthcare is nonverbal communication that projects a hospital’s image of mission and quality of care. Art programming is supportive to the efforts of hospital administration, branding, public relations and foundation incentives.


The Women’s Center at St. Thomas Midtown

Creating Holistic Healing Environments

Creating a healing environment through art Lin Swensson & Associates (LSA) develops Art Programs that provide outstanding and appropriate art to inspire and promote healing in the healthcare environment. Healthcare facilities are places of physical and spiritual rebirth. Joy, grieving, birth, and suffering are some of the life-changing emotions and events that occur in these environments. Using a synergistic approach that incorporates evidence-based design principles, LSA creates custom healing art experiences.

Our approach is recognizing that art is a nonverbal communication reflecting an image of the mission and quality of care offered by a healthcare facility. Studies state that art in the hospital environment aids in reducing stress, increases positive feelings, supports efforts of staff and encourages spiritual and therapeutic wellness. LSA takes into consideration hospital culture, patient demographics, budget, hospital mission, and the community.

Incorporating information from user groups is essential for the development of an Art Program — a method, theme, and direction that integrates clinical concerns and design standards. LSA recommends the establishment of an art committee from hospital users to select concepts and art images.

one-voiceLSA integrates with all essential design professionals designated to each project. The close working relationship to the interior design, construction and architecture teams insures an on time, on budget, cost effective, seamless design which is aesthetically superior. The collaborative efforts of the client, LSA, the architect, and interior designers in conjunction with the community of artists will convey one voice in a complete healing experience. The art collections should linguistically reflect the ethnic diversity and demographics of those whom frequent a facility, including minority groups and individuals with various handicaps. LSA supports the diverse demographics of the community by coordinating a labor force of artists, installers, and framers from the local area.


. . . exerpts, Stories of Success

Capital Health promises stylish & soothing place to heal

“When people walk in we want them to say, ‘I can’t believe this is a hospital,’” said Larry DiSanto, Capital Health’s executive vice president”.

. . . “The way departments are laid out is done for a very real, specific reason, to create a healing environment, to make sure patients are comfortable and familiar with their environments,” said DiSanto. “The local artists, the local works create that comfort level”.

– The Times of Trenton,

To Survive, Medical Companies in New Jersey Are Building New Hospitals

HOPEWELL, N.J. — “The dazzling new hospital that will open here on Sunday looks more like a five-star resort than a medical center. It may also be the best hope for survival of its corporate parent, Capital Health” . . .

– The New York Times,

Ilene Dube reports on how art became one of the building blocks at Capital Health’s new medical center

“This region has a rich history of art on both sides of the (Delaware) river,” says Capital Health COO and executive vice president Larry J. DiSanto, who selected Swensson. “We wanted to see art not just to beautify the building but to enhance the healing process and reduce stress for patients, visitors, and staff who face life and death issues daily”.

. . . According to a statement issued by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, “the arts benefit patients by aiding in their physical, mental, and emotional recovery, including relieving anxiety and decreasing their perception of pain. In an atmosphere where the patient often feels out of control, the arts can serve as a therapeutic and healing tool”.

. . . “From architectural design to art on the walls, from acccess to natural lighting to the inclusion of nature through landscaping and healing gardens, the physical environment has a significant impact on relieving patients’ and caregivers’ stress, improving health outcomes, and overall quality of care”.

– U.S.1

Capital Health to Welcome Community for Sneak Peek of New Hopewell Hospital

“Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell was specifically designed to create an environment that promotes healing, reduces anxiety and delivers advanced medical care in a calming, comforting setting.” said Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. Chairman

– Capital Health News

“Thanks Lin! The art adds so much to the facility”.

– Kate Brown VP of Development for MetroHealth

New hospital to maximize efficiency, relaxation

“Generous artwork graces the walls and there is even a fireplace near one of the many nurse’s stations. DiSanto said the hospital’s careful research showed that a warm environment and artwork play a major role in a patient’s mood and recover”.

. . . “We went for the least stressful environment we could provide for our patients, as well as our staff. This new hospital brings very little from the old Mercer Campus,” he said. “The stress level goes down and if that happens, patients recover more quickly and our staff operates with the highest efficiency possible.”

– Courier Times,

Nationally Renown Princeton Architect Contributes

“From our early visits with COO Larry DiSanto to the support we received from Anchor Health Properties and HK Array, we had a great group of people all talking the same language and all with the same goals in mind. There was no competition with everyone talking together and that’s something that’s very rare to find in these types of projects.” Graves said.

. . . “There’s an intensity that you feel knowing that everything you touch, feel and work with will be encountered by so many people in so many important parts of their lives.” said Graves.

– Hopewell Happenings,

Inaugural exhibition at Capital Health features prints

“From the perspective of the Brodsky Center, it was so satisfying to be able to fulfill the hospital’s needs with a project that took us beyond anything we had attempted before.” Judith Brodsky says.

. . . “This exhibition, innovative in so many ways, offers a glimpse into the planning that has gone into the entire development of Capital Health-Hopewell. It offers a window into the thinking, knowledge and acceptance of the many facets of health care and how art brings peace and healing not just to the body but to the spirit as well.”

– The Times of Trenton,

The Brodsky Print Project

“It offers a window into the thinking, knowledge and acceptance of the many facets of health care and how art brings peace and healing not just to the body but to the spirit as well.”

– The Times of Trenton,

“The artwork inside of the Middleburg Heights November Family Health Center creates a soft touch in what would otherwise be a sterile and sometimes anxiety provoking environment. It blends beautifully into the surroundings yet stands out enough to draw multiple comments from patients. Patients have told me that it is like coming to a museum“.

– Diane Jereb M.B.A. R.R.T. Ambulatory Director, Middleburg Heights


“Evidence-based design. A new direction for health care”, Webster L., Steinke C., Design Quarterly (Winter 2009)

“Research Informed Design & Outcomes for Healthcare, in Evidence Based Hospital Design Forum”, Kirk, Hamilton (January 2009)

“Role Of The Physical Environment In The Hospital Of The 21St Century” By Roger Ulrich, Craig Zimring, Xiaobo Quan, Anjali Joseph, and Ruchi Choudhary, Published by The Center for Health Design (2004)

“Healing arts: Nutrition for the Soul.” Ulrich, Roger S. and Laura Gilpin (2003)

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