Permanent Art Display Fosters Healing at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

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New state-of-the-art hospital houses largest collection of contemporary South Carolina art.

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We chose to focus on South Carolina artists to ground the hospital in its native state and to provide a comforting and familiar environment for the patients and families that we serve.

Ashley River Tower, the new state-of-the-art hospital at MUSC, will showcase the "Contemporary Carolina Collection," the largest collection of original, contemporary South Carolina art on permanent display.

Health professionals have known for decades that art has an impact on healing, but more recent studies indicate that the presence of art in hospitals can shorten recovery time and hospital stays, as well as reduce stress and anxiety for patients and caregivers. "Art is an important element in setting the tone for a healing environment, and it has been shown to positively influence a number of clinical measures," said MUSC President Ray Greenberg. "We chose to focus on South Carolina artists to ground the hospital in its native state and to provide a comforting and familiar environment for the patients and families that we serve."

The privately funded art collection will be included in patient and exam rooms and throughout all public areas of the new hospital. The 873 original works of art can be viewed at http://artwork.musc.edu/ and include mediums such as quilts, sweetgrass baskets, sculptures, paintings, Catawba pottery and a bottle cap portrait of Philip Simmons. All 54 artists who submitted to the collection live in South Carolina and represent diverse age, race, ethnicity and backgrounds; their biographies are also posted at the Contemporary Carolina Collection website.

About MUSC
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina is the one of the oldest medical schools in the United States. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. MUSC is home to more than 3,000 students and residents, as well as more than 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the University and its affiliates have collective budgets in excess of $1.5 billion per year. MUSC operates a 600-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital and a leading Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit http://www.musc.edu or http://www.muschealth.com.

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