September 2013
Healthcare Art Report


Time flies when you're having fun - so it's no surprise to me that I've hardly noticed the passing of a decade! This summer marks the 10th anniversary of Distinctive Art Source, and while so many things in the industry have changed over the years, our passion for healthcare art programs has remained the same.


I am grateful for the privilege of working alongside some of the finest clients, staff and industry professionals in the country. These past 10 years have been filled with unbridled energy as together we have searched for answers, explored possibilities and shared our findings. The continued collaborative quest of healthcare owners, physicians and staff, architects, engineers, designers, landscape architects and art consultants to create the best possible healthcare experience, for patients and their families, makes the world of healthcare art consulting both challenging and rewarding.

But most of all I thank you all for being catalysts in helping to transform healthcare standards across the country. Thank you for inviting us in to your world and providing so many opportunities for Distinctive Art Source to do what we love most - create positive patient experiences through distinctive art programs. It's an honor and a pleasure to work with each and every one of you!  






Barbara Harriman, IIDA  

President/Creative Director
Distinctive Art Source

10 Healthcare Art Bloopers: Free Whitepaper 


The EARTH without ART may be EH, but healthcare art without thought for the patient can be PAINFUL.


Research shows that appropriate artwork in the healthcare setting can help alleviate stress, reduce the need for pain medication and provide a positive distraction. But what happens when we find inappropriate artwork in the healthcare setting? In honor of Distinctive Art Source's 10th anniversary let's take a look at 10 painful, but avoidable, art bloopers created when art is placed without considering the patient viewer.  Art bloopers can easily create negative responses and added stress while patient-based art selections can result in positive patient responses that may reduce stress.



While Real estate is all about location, location, location, Healthcare art is about location AND content, which means selecting appropriate artwork in the healthcare setting must include consideration of the subject matter as it relates to the patient population, the available space and the stress levels and viewing times of a particular location.


 Click here to download the free whitepaper about 10 Healthcare Art Bloopers - and learn how to make better patient-based choices.  



If We Could See Inside Others' Hearts

"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?" - Henry David Thoreau




Here is a wonderful illustration of the importance of seeing things from the perspective of others. Understanding what's taking place in the heart and mind of the viewer is the root of evidence and patient based art. As art consultants, we consider the perspective of the viewer in creating every art program. That means we think about who will be viewing an art installation, how long they will be viewing it, their potential stress level at the time and how often they will view the same piece. It's a lot to consider when creating an art program - but when you truly take time to view the healthcare experience from the perspective of others, these details make a huge difference.


 Click here to view Cleveland Clinic's video.  


DAS Project Wins Merit Award in  2013 CoD+A Awards  

Distinctive Art Source is honored to learn that the Floating Seeds installation at Owensboro Health is a Merit Award Winner in the 2013 CoD+A Awards in the Healthcare category. Congratulations to Mary Carothers for the graceful way she channeled her artistic vision through the community to create a truly collaborative sculpture that sings of the importance of the land and its connection to the community! For a complete description of Floating Seeds, visit: Floating Seeds Installation at Owensboro Health 

DAS is extremely proud to also have Inova Fairfax Hospital's South Patient Tower Atrium Sculpture, by Kenneth vonRoenn Jr., named as a Top 100 entry in the CoD+A awards. VonRoenn's translation of light and transparency into a suspended dichroic glass sculpture complimented the contemporary rotunda and created a mesmerizing meditative space where art and architecture meet. For a complete description visit: Inova Fairfax Atrium Sculpture  


The CoD+A Awards are sponsored by The Art Commission and the Top 100 projects have been selected by jurors from 433 total submissions. The best projects in each category were chosen via public voting in the People's Choice Awards.The CoD+A Awards were established by The Art Commission to celebrate design projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into an interior or architectural space internationally. The Awards recognize the importance of collaboration, and honor the design and art professionals whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire the esteemed panel of jurors. Winning entries represent the best of today's collaborations between commission artists and the design community.    

Southeast Health Receives Outstanding Patient Experience Award


Kudos to our friends from Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau, MO, who were recently honored with the 2013 Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades. DAS is not surprised by this prestigious recognition - working with the team at Southeast Health was a pleasure thanks to their exceptional vision for improving the patient experience. Click here to read more about Southeast Health and this well-deserved honor.  


Owensboro Reception Celebrates Community Artists 


Dan Griffith, Owensboro Heath Art Committee member; Greg Strahan, Owensboro Heath COO; Mary Carothers, artist; Barbara Harriman, president, DAS; Cathie Medley, Owensboro Heath Art Committee member.   


DAS was honored to attend a special Artists Reception at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in Kentucky on July 13, 2013. The event was held to recognize and welcome the 71 original artists who contributed to the art program at the hospital, which opened its doors on June 1. Approximately 150 people attended the reception featuring tours of the artwork, recognition of donors and remarks by several dignitaries.


Jeff Barber, DrPH, president CEO of Owensboro Health, spoke on behalf of the Arts in Healing Committee. "We are very proud of the Arts in Healing Program, and we thank you, the artists for creating such beautiful pieces of art to grace this campus for years to come," said Dr. Barber.


 Click here to read more about Owensboro artist reception. 

DAS to Present at Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo 


DAS is once again honored to speak at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo in Chicago on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm. DAS is partnering with Nemours Children's Hospital Orlando, the Orlando Museum of Art and Camp Boggy Creek to present "More than What You See: Unveiling the Structure and Reciprocal Benefits of a Community Supported Art Program." If you are attending the event, be sure to let us know so we can say hello!



About Distinctive Art Source
Distinctive Art Source is one of only two premiere healthcare art consultancies working exclusively in healthcare in the U.S. We believe that thoughtfully developed art programs contribute to a positive patient experience. Our work goes beyond evidence-based design and patient-centered care. We help clients create customized art programs that tell the story of the community, reflect the unique facility goals, foster mutually-beneficial relationships and support a cohesive visual experience.

Established in 2003, Distinctive Art Source has served a pivotal role in creating patient-based art programs in millions of square feet of hospital space. Distinctive Art Source connects clients with hundreds of artists throughout the country to enable hospitals to conceptualize, visualize and realize the goals of their art programs.

Learn more about the Distinctive Art Source team here.  
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