The artwork displayed at Memorial is not just for decoration. It is for healing. Art communicates humanity and deity; it softens the environment. When people view works of art that inspire positive memories or experiences, their feelings of hope and remembered joy stimulate their immune systems. Studies have shown that patients who view nature or artwork recover faster.
Memorial's permanent collection of original artworks has reached nearly 200 pieces and includes paintings, photography, sculpture and textiles. Artworks are located in halls, waiting rooms and patient rooms at Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital Hixson and Memorial Ooltewah Imaging Center. The works transform the environment for patients, visitors, physicians, staff and volunteers.
Nature heals the heart and soul, and well-designed healing gardens offer a connection to nature, a place of retreat that can nurture the soul. Healing gardens for relaxation and reflection at Memorial and Memorial Hixson hospitals are easily accessible for patients, families, visitors and staff.
At Memorial Hospital
The Courtyard, located on the first floor, is the first and largest garden at Memorial. It was inspired by a patient in the early 1970s. Looking out her window, Sue Cooper saw a bare patch of ground scarred by recent construction. A member of a garden club and acquainted with other women's groups, Sue spearheaded an effort to transform this area into a place of beauty.
A rooftop garden near the MICU on the fourth floor is the newest garden. Small gardens of remembrance are located near the Emergency Room and the Cancer Center.
At Memorial Hospital Hixson
A statue of Saint Francis of Assisi is the focal point of the new garden near the Visitor Entrance and the Chapel.
Music at Memorial
Soothing music played by a sensitive musician has been shown to relax the body and mind, allowing more favorable responses to medical treatment and enhancing the work of the immune system. At Memorial, musicians provide a therapy service. They are trained to be responsive and unobtrusive while providing beneficial music to individual patients or to visitors and staff in halls and waiting areas.