Healing Arts

Healing Arts helps our patients


Healing is more than getting quality medical care — it’s about the heart, the mind and the spirit. We understand that during a patient’s most difficult moments, art can be a source of inspiration, comfort and strength. Since 2008, Renown has installed 1,500 original works of art and 1,500 fine art posters to enhance our healing environments.

Learn More about the Healing Arts Program

I Am A Survivor Project

The I Am A Survivor Project launched in early 2014 as a way to educate people on the healing power of communication through journals and creativity.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast cancer survivors Wendy, Belinda, Gail and Heather participated in our Healing Arts Creative Writing Program, which allowed them to journal their unspoken thoughts, even fears, on paper.

They were prompted to write a letter to themselves on the day they were diagnosed with breast cancer and they gave emotional, honest and inspirational advice to anyone who may be facing the challenging road of breast cancer or other illness. Below is their video.

Music at the Bedside

Our bedside musician program began in 2007 with our resident musicians playing at various Renown Health locations. Music has a positive impact on patients leaving them feeling happier and healthier than they were before. Grants from the Nevada Arts Council are made possible through appropriations from the State of Nevada and the National Endowments for the Arts.


Pet Therapy

The healing power of a visit from a furry friend is demonstrated through our Pet Therapy Program, which began in 1997. Our 14 registered and certified pet therapy dogs visit patients at various Renown Health locations. Meet our pet therapy dogs and see how they are making a difference in our patients’ lives on our Pawsitive Pals Pinterest Board.


Healing Arts Performances

The soothing music from monthly concerts at Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center is a draw for patients, physicians, nurses and visitors as well. The Healing Arts Performance Series is made possible thanks to a partnership and grant with the City of Reno Arts and Culture Division.

Performance Calendar


Art at the Bedside

Working with artists from Sierra Water Color Society, art is provided at various Renown Health locations. Patients are able to create a piece of art that will go home with them when they are discharged. In many cases, patients have been able to renew a long forgotten skill or discover new skills.
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Healing Gardens

Providing strength and peace for all who visit, Renown Regional Medical Center features two Healing Gardens. Fianna’s Healing Garden offers medicinal plants, original sculptures and artwork, and a serene environment designed to promote patient healing and comfort.

Tour Fianna’s Healing Garden

The John & Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden provides children and their families a sanctuary outside of the hospital, featuring play structures, colorful outdoor art, picnic tables and benches and an indoor Teen and Kids’ Zone with a computer and reading corner. Patients and their families can enjoy a quiet place made just for them.

Tour John and Sue Dermody Children's Healing Garden

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Creating a Healing Garden at Home

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“My belief is that nature is the most healing element in our environment, it brings us to a more natural and comfortable place within ourselves.” ~Fianna Dickson Comb

Incorporate nature into your healing process by learning how to make your own healing garden. Feeling better involves more than the traditional idea of medicines and hospitals. In fact, studies show a healing and peaceful environment can add significantly to recovery. Findings illustrate that patients exposed to art and nature require fewer drugs, spend less time in the hospital, and have improved mental health.

If you or a loved one is recovering from or is living with an illness or an injury, you can incorporate some of the theories of Fianna’s Healing Garden into your home environment. As you develop ideas for your own healing garden, walk through the following steps to help get you started:

  • How do you plan to use the garden? Identify what your needs are for the space.
  • Plan a comfortable seating area for you to relax and enjoy the environment you created.
  • Consider what symbolic elements or objects you may want to include, such as water in a fountain, garden artwork or other focal points.
  • In addition to your favorite plants, consider adding some medicinal plants or herbs to your garden like Echinacea, Lavender or Chamomile.

Don’t forget to make time to enjoy your garden. During potentially difficult times, small yet meaningful enhancements in a healing environment offer opportunities for reflection and encouragement.


UNSOM Artist in Residence Program Elective

The Artist in Residence Program, a partnership between Renown Health, Sierra Arts, and the University of Nevada School of Medicine, is dedicated to connecting fourth year medical school students with the power of the arts. This program supports the integration of the arts, including literary, performing and visual arts and design with the student experience in healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes.


A Community Partnership

Our Healing Arts Program is made possible thanks to our community partners:

If you are interested in supporting the Healing Arts Program at Renown Health, or if you would like more information, please contact Renown Health Foundation at 775-982-5545. If you are a patient, please talk to your nurse.


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