At UW Medicine, we believe that art is the perfect complement to the world-class patient care that we provide. For more than 40 years, UW Medicine has been a leader in the nation’s art-in-healthcare movement. At Harborview Medical Center, the UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center and the UW Neighborhood Clinics, the presence of fine art supports our commitment to excellence in patient care and service. Art provides a positive diversion, inspires hope, and contributes to an atmosphere of healing and restoration by reminding us of the human connections, life experiences and memories that can support and comfort us as we confront illness. Our Art Program reinforces our dedication to compassionate care—bringing beauty, creativity, fellowship and the boundless human imagination directly to bear on the process of healing.
The Art Program offers a chance to showcase outstanding works of art created by artists in our community, but it consists of so much more,” notes Eileen Whalen, executive director, Harborview Medical Center. “Ongoing patient programs in the literary and performing arts, and an active schedule of changing exhibitions help patients and their families to process their healthcare experiences and express themselves in positive, often redemptive ways. “A recent patient, recovering from a stroke, remarked: ‘I am thankful that Harborview fed my soul with some of the most important aspects of therapy—art and music. Having the opportunity to express my creativity while also practicing my fine motor coordination and challenging my cognition has greatly improved my quality of life; it has given me hope for the future.’ Why an art program for UW Medicine’s patients and families?” asks Whalen. “I think that patient’s experience says it all.”
Exhibitions and Events
Harborview maintains an ongoing schedule of temporary exhibitions and installations produced in partnership with local artists and arts organizations. Recent exhibiting organizations include Seattle Print Arts, the Seattle Junior League, Coyote Central Youth Art Programs, Spike Mafford, Fotografia, Gallery 110 and Joanne Petrina.