2006 Blair Sadler Competition Awardees
2005 Blair Sadler Competition Awardees

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2006 Blair Sadler Competition Awardees

The Blair L. Sadler Awards honored exemplary, visionary leaders from around the U.S. and Canada for projects that measurably impacted the experience of healthcare for patients, visitors, family members, staff and other caregivers.
Those honored in 2006 are:

Professional Winners
Marlene Alexander for Expanding the Vision through Photography 
Healthcare Partner: St. Charles Medical Center, Bend OR 
Expanding the Vision Through Photography is a unique community outreach project exploring the connection between the arts and healing through a powerful portrayal of St. Charles Medical Center services. In response to a local call for artists, 12 photographers were selected to observe and document 12 key focus areas within the hospital through their own unique style of interpretation. Images from the project -- along with insightful written accounts from the photographers about their experiences working with patients and caregivers -- comprise a traveling exhibit that will be featured at a variety of public venues throughout the region in 2006. The exhibit premiered at the hospital, and after touring the region will become a part of the Arts in the Hospital program at St. Charles. 

Judy Ginsburgh for Beyond Katrina -- Arts in the Shelters
Healthcare Partner: American Red Cross, Alexandria LA 
Immediately after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast , our town in Central Louisiana found itself with over 15,000 evacuees living in our community. Our Arts & Healthcare Initiative saw this as an unprecedented opportunity to use the healing arts to help these displaced people tell their stories and ultimately heal and rebuild their lives. We called in our friends at University of Florida and with them, we trained over 70 artists to go into our shelters on a daily basis. We began with journeying walls -- ongoing murals where people could tell their stories in images or words. We also brought in music, movement, comedy, creative writing, and a variety of visual arts experiences. We set up coordinators and art teams at each location and scheduled daily events for almost three months until our shelters closed. We worked closely with the Red Cross to make sure we were helping and not in the way. We facilitated a massive amount of activity within a relatively short period of time that was life changing for all who participated. As a culmination of our work in the shelters, we published, "Beyond Katrina," a powerful book of poetry, quotes and images and have assembled a traveling art exhibit of art and poetry from the shelters.

Judy Nguyen
for Pediatric Procedural Support Program
Healthcare Partner: Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH), Tallahassee FL 
The Pediatric Procedural Support Program (PPSP) at TMH is a focused procedural support system for children created by the Medical Music Therapy (MMT) department to aid in no-invasive procedures. The use of live music therapy has demonstrated the ability to eliminate the need for sedation, increase patient/family comfort levels of the hospitalization procedures, and to allocate more time and resources to the TMH nursing staff. Music therapy functions as a distraction to reduce anxiety and non-compliant behaviors, elevate mood, and increase coping skills. PPSP has reduced the time of the procedure from more than 2 hours to approximately 15 minutes. Over the last year, the MMT procedural support success rate reached 98% for echocardiograms and 88% for CT scans, with no need from sedation for children under the age of 6 years.

Trudy Pauluth-Penner for A Living History 
Healthcare Partner: Vancouver Island Health Authority -- Adult Day Programs, Victoria BC 
The project, A Living History, was a Reminiscence Theatre collaborative program between Applied Theatre Consulting Services and Vancouver Island Health Authority's Adult Day Programs. The program aimed to provide a context in which seniors of mixed cultural backgrounds and cognitive abilities would recall, share, and present stories of their lived experiences, leaving a legacy through memoirs and, following drama sessions, a public performance to an invited audience. Goals included increased social, physical, cognitive and artistic engagement towards overall enhancement of quality of life and self concept. Generally, the program was very successful, with benefits for participants, family, caregivers and staff, culminating in concrete products including scrapbooks, a group storybook, performance script and a DVD of the performance. The value of the program was supported through evaluation surveys and testimonials. The program is currently being expanded across other centers with affiliated research projects and upcoming festivals.

Cynthia Perlis of Art for Recovery, UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center
San Francisco CA 
Art for Recovery, UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, serves thousands of people each year within the Medical Center and in the community. Our projects are varied: offering expressive arts workshops free of charge to anyone dealing with a life-threatening illness; bringing music to the bedside in our outpatient centers; offering activities to staff that designed to help them de-stress from intense workloads; providing internships to artists; creating a healing and sacred environment throughout the medical center, and modeling for the community at large the importance of strengthening ties to people who are ill, rather than isolating and marginalizing them. Arts for Recovery was established in 1988 as one of the first hospital-based healing arts programs in the country. Sharing this program and now offering the opportunity to replicate The Firefly Project through a recently printed Manual and DVD, embraces the mission of US: caring, healing, teaching and discovery. 

Student Winners

Nicole Herschenhous, Brown University Medical School
Experiences of Empathy in the Healing Relationship in a Nursing Home Setting: An exploration through visual art and oral histories
Healthcare Partner: Steere House Nursing and Rehab, Providence, RI
I spent the summer before my last pre-clinical year of medical school, drawing portraits of and taking oral histories from a group of nursing home residents, while teaching a weekly art therapy class, in order to explore the ways in which the arts can enhance the healing relationship. My relationships with the sitters taught me more than I had ever hoped to learn about the meanings of empathy and compassion, of love and of care.  They taught me about the necessary components of a healing relationship, and the consequences when a relationship falls short. I began to discover what it means to be an artist, and through those discoveries, began to see my intentions as a future physician. Personally, I found meaning in my artwork for the first time by finding routes for it in a realm in which I had already found a profession and a calling.

Chamira Jones, University of Michigan , School of Art and Design
"Memory Box" commemorating Melvin Larson, as well as Days Forgotten: A book of poetry written by Melvin Larson, illustrated by Chamira Jones 
Healthcare Partner: Turner Senior Resource Center , Ann Arbor MI 
Last winter 2005, I had the pleasure of interviewing and creating an art piece for Melvin Larson, a gentleman dealing with dementia and Parkinson's disease. It was done through a class that was the joint project of the University of Michigan School of Art and Design and the Turner Senior Resource Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The main purpose was to work directly with patients, caregivers and doctors in order to develop memory aids for patients suffering from dementia. At the end of March, we presented them with "Memory Boxes," art pieces based on their lives. After the class ended, I kept in touch with Melvin and his wife. All throughout our relationship he had spoken of his interest in writing, and during visits he would let me sample from his large box of poetry that he had written over the years. As September approached, I wondered if it would be possible to illustrate his work and get it published. After presenting the idea to Melvin and wife and getting their approval, I got in touch with Zoe Life Publishing. At this point, the book is mostly finished. The works to be included have been selected and the illustrations have been completed. The Advance Publication Date is set for April 2006, and the official Publication Date is June 2006.

Honorable Mentions

Brian Dallow for Music & Quality of Life among Nursing Home Residents with Dementia
Healthcare Partner: The New Jersey Neuroscience Institute, Edison NJ 

Jane Waggoner Deschner
for Love, Care, Hope, Cry: Writing the Nursing Experience -- One Hospital 's Nurses Write a Book
Healthcare Partner: St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings MT 

Elizabeth Gaufberg
for Auscultations 2005
Healthcare Partner: The Cambridge Health Alliance , Cambridge MA 

Dr. Stuart
Kandell for See Me! 
Healthcare Partner: Samuel Merritt College School of Nursing, Oakland CA 

Takahashi for Art of Wonder: Devices of Memory
Healthcare Partner: The Silver Club Tuner Senior Resource Center , Ann Arbor MI