In many hospitals, the art on the walls consists of an occasional framed print intended to liven up a waiting area or a dreary hallway. At the Hudson Valley Hospital Center, art is being recognized as more than simply décor. Through a program called Art for Health, the hospital is acquiring a collection of about 145 works of original art to be exhibited in 11 new gallery spaces throughout the facility. The artwork is intended to support the healing process for patients and their families.
“We’ve known intuitively that art can create a healing environment, but now it has been proven scientifically,” said Suzanne Bohrer Ashley, a painter who was hired as the hospital’s art curator last March, after spending 26 years working at the hospital and retiring as its vice president of administration in 2002