Healing Arts for Hospital Patients

Photo courtesy USC-VHH
As part of the Healing Arts Initiative at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, patients can take advantage of the “art cart” — they can pick a painting by a local artist to display in their hospital room and take home with them when they leave.

When inpatients leave USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and return home, sometimes they take a print of a painting with them.

They get them from the so-called “art cart,” and they’re free for the patients. Elsewhere throughout the community hospital, the patients, doctors, nurses and other staffers are also treated to a variety of locally produced artwork, framed and embellishing upon the walls of hallways, patient rooms and gathering areas. While staying there, inpatients can also tune into video presentations of past art exhibits on iPads brought to their rooms.

It’s all part of the Healing Arts Initiative at USC-VHH.

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USC-VHH ‘Wine & Canvas Art Night’ is April 25

The USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Council is celebrating the opening of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with “Calling All Picassos: Wine & Canvas Art Night” on Wednesday, April 25. The event will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. in the hospital’s Council Rooms A and B.
“This important addition to our community hospital has been a labor of love for the Women’s Council, and we want to help make our littlest ones as comfortable as possible,” an event spokesperson said.
Tickets are $50, which includes wine, appetizers, supplies and art instruction from USC-VHH art therapist Julie Shadpa.
To RSVP by April 23, email barbara.jordan@vhh.usc.edu or call (818) 952-2226.