The Art of Medicine and Creativity
The Department of Humanities strives to create an environment that integrates the healing power of art, music and creativity at Penn State Health. Two ways we do this are by supporting projects and initiatives through the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine and by hosting arts-based programs through Center Stage.
The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine is an endowment that supports projects and initiatives that promote compassion in health care settings. This work has flourished with the support of many departments throughout Penn State Hershey Medical Center and includes ambassadors from throughout the hospital, medical school, and community.
We also build community through Center Stage, a program that enhances the healthcare experience by showcasing art, music, and creative writing that calms, nurtures and inspires. Through Center Stage, we seek ways to enhance the well-being of individuals who come through our doors, whether they are patients, caregivers, employees or students.
Across the nation, we are seeing a convergence of the arts and healthcare. The Department of Humanities is committed to harnessing this energy and cultivating it through Kienle Center and Center Stage.
Claire de Boer
Director of the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine and Center Stage Arts in Health
Claire de Boer is a member of the governing board of the National Organization for Arts in Health.
The Department of Humanities and Center Stage arts in health are founding members.
Explore our programs by clicking on the links below.
Professional musicians of a variety of genres and instruments play cheerful and reflective music in numerous clinical and family areas. Vetted pianists play soothing and uplifting melodies on the pianos in our main entrance lobby and surgical wait area.
Center Stage staff visits patients when they are admitted to the hospital. Staff offers a portfolio of work by regional artists. Patients have the opportunity to choose artwork that hangs in their room during their hospital stay.
Our Coordinator for Artistic Enhancement Betsy Blyler creates murals in clinical and family areas.
Summer lunchtime concert series in our outdoor courtyard, featuring local professional ensembles including jazz, classical, soft rock music and more. Check back in May for our 2018 performance schedule!
Our Public Art Committee chooses commissioned art work designed to enhance the environment of clinical and public areas. We are proud of the work that inspires our whole community and establishes a tangible connection between humanities and medicine. Take a break today and enjoy our Self-guided Art Walking Tour, click here for more details.
Professional regional bands are hired to enhance special employee and staff events.
Community art organizations share work created by their members. Paintings are displayed in various clinical and family areas. Artists’ work is for sale.
Organized programs to harness and showcase employee and student talent in visual and performing arts.
Ongoing investigations by faculty to observe, explore and quantify the impact of the arts on the patient and caregiver experience.
Art therapy is for patients and families to support and improve psychological, developmental, physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual well-being.
For more information:
Claire de Boer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can inspire future creative programs at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine by making a gift to support Center Stage. Visit engage.pennstatehealth.org and click ‘GIVE TODAY’ to make a secure contribution online, or email email@example.com to have a member of our Development staff contact you.