Mercy Medical Center uses art to comfort patients

“The reason I’ve done this for so long is that it is satisfying to know that people are really enjoying it and looking at it and finding comfort."

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 6:46 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Staff at Mercy Medical Center have collected more than 350 art pieces over the last eight years, and they say they’re not stopping anytime soon.

Janice Matthews and Marjorie Feldman make up the hospital’s art committee. Matthews said they started the committee in 2011 before she retired from Mercy Medical Center as an emergency room nurse.

She said she was initially inspired to bring art to Mercy Medical because of a poem she saw at Oregon Health and Science University while her husband was there over a long period of time.

The women said their goal is to make patients and staff more comfortable during their time at the hospital. They said they know hospital visits can be draining for many people.

“The reason I’ve done this for so long is that it is satisfying to know that people are really enjoying it and looking at it and finding comfort,” said Matthews.

Matthews and Feldman said the pieces come from local artists from all over the state. They said the pieces range from different styles and different textures. The hospital provides them with some funding each year to buy pieces, but they said most of the pieces have been donated or are on loan to them.

Moving forward, Matthews and Feldman said they hope to continue their project for as long as they can.

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