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.
Music at the Bedside
Music therapy is the clinical use of music to facilitate outcomes such as reducing anxiety, alleviating pain, increasing motor control, releasing emotion, identifying coping skills, and improving mood. Music therapists are board-certified and licensed therapists who use music as their primary therapeutic tool.
Note-Able Music Therapy Services provides music therapy as part of our Patient Enrichment Program (PEP), on the pediatric unit, pediatric intensive care unit, inpatient oncology unit, outpatient oncology support groups, and by referral. When appropriate, music therapists co-treat with other therapists (physical, occupational and speech) by facilitating therapeutic modalities with live music, which is motivating to patients and provides distraction from physical pain and fear. Music therapists modify their interactions to meet the needs of the patients and their families, helping people to connect with their own sense of well-being.
Healing Arts Performances
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.
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.
Creating a Healing Garden at Home
“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:
- Nevada Museum of Art
- Note-Able Music Therapy Services
- Reno Chamber Orchestra
- Reno Philharmonic
- Sierra Arts Foundation
- Sierra Watercolor Society
- University of Nevada School of Medicine
- Very Special Arts
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.