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Paintings Add to Healing Environment for Rehab Patients


Glancy Rehabilitation Center, a service of Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth, is placing painted ceiling tiles by community artists and hospital system employees in patients’ rooms as part of their new Healing Art program.

At Glancy Rehab, patients receive care for a variety of neurologic and orthopedic conditions, including stroke, brain injury and hip fractures. As these patients are already undergoing stressful situations, the team of certified therapeutic recreation specialists at Glancy Rehab has worked to provide a healing environment in order to make them feel more comfortable. 

“To help relieve this stress, we believed that our patients could benefit from a healing art program,” said Lea Bay, president of GMC-Duluth. “We wanted to build a strong program by giving local artists the opportunity to leave their legacy through their work at Glancy Rehab.”

Artwork has been proven to be an effective program through multiple research studies. Recently, experts from American Art Resources noted that viewing artwork with appropriate nature content has been seen to reduce stress and pain perception. Thus, the community was asked to paint artwork of beautiful landscapes ranging from mountains, forests, oceans and floral imagery to make the patient feel more at ease and relaxed.

Glancy Rehab expects to collect enough paintings for every patient room at the center. Early response from the program has been positive, including praise from Mayor Nancy Harris of Duluth. “The addition of the healing art program is another way that Glancy Rehab demonstrates a commitment to patient care while further strengthening ties within the community,” said Harris.

The pieces were chosen by a committee of experts in design, nursing, recreational therapy and hospital administration.

Glancy Rehabilitation Center was founded in 1988. It is accredited from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities Center (CARF), which is the highest level of accreditation, and designated as a Stroke Specialty Program. Featuring a therapy gym that covers over 4,000 square feet, the Center provides inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, screenings and support services.


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