Where Healing meets the Arts

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Sterility and the cold calculated science of hospitals do not necessarily invoke a sense of creativity or inspiration in the healing process, but a clinic in Ohio is proving that things can be done differently.

3034374-slide-s-5-how-integrating-creative-arts-into-hospitals.jpgBen Schiller writes for Fast Coexist this week on Iva Fattorini, her Global Arts and Medicine Institute (GAMI) and its involvement with the Ohio Cleveland Clinic. Together they have amassed enough original art to cover 24 million square feet of hospital walls and worked to create daily music performances, and robust programming in music and art therapy. Schiller explains the importance of integrating the arts into the healing process:

Research shows that such activities can shorten hospital stays, reduce the need for pain medication, improve patient experiences and raise employee satisfaction as well. For example, music therapy is often used to reintroduce speech to stroke victims, or to dull the effect of extreme pain (because of the way it's wired, the brain has trouble sensing music and pain at the same time).”

It’s uplifting to know that people like Ms Fattorini are working hard to humanize our health care systems and facilities with a more holistic approach to the healing process. Read a little more about Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, its programs and Fattorini at the Fast Coexist link below.  

PHOTOS: Courtesy Fast Coexist

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