Art program helps Winship patients heal at Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | June 23, 2016

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Oncology patients are painting canvases to pass the time creatively during their infusion treatments.
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Nurses say they have seen patients who didn't feel well from their treatments, but tried painting and left the hospital uplifted.
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The healing arts program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University at Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) is helping patients in their fight against cancer.

Oncology patients are painting canvases to pass the time creatively during their infusion treatments.

Joseph Pollage says he’s received cancer care at Winship at EJCH for four months. Pollage says he enjoys the therapeutic art program and believes it can help patients.

"It distracts you so you don’t sit here and think about what’s happening, during your treatment," Pollage says.

The nurse manager for Winship at EJCH, Nicole Bansavage, RN, says she’s seen first-hand the positive impact on patients.

"Most patients have never painted before and they’re surprised and proud by the quality of art work they produce," Bansavage says.

Pollage says it’s not just the painting he enjoys, but the type of service you receive from the staff at Winship.

"It doesn’t matter which nurse you get …you receive great care from everyone here, and that really makes a difference."

Virginia Lago, art therapist for the hospital’s program, says she’s seen patients who didn’t feel well from their treatments, but tried painting and left the hospital uplifted.

"I believe art can manifest healing for the patients," Lago says.

Lago says her job is more than just art, but about connecting with the patients.

"It’s really about the love you give to patients and the bond you build."

To learn more about cancer care at Emory Johns Creek Hospital visit www.emoryjohnscreek.com.