Artwork promotes healing at Burke Hospital in White Plains
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital demonstrates its commitment to treating the whole person by displaying artwork installations throughout its inpatient and outpatient facilities. The restorative quality of the art enhances the treatment provided by Burke’s highly trained therapists.
According to Jodi Moise, program and fine arts collection director at Montefiore Medicine, art humanizes the patient experience and supports Burke’s mission by meeting emotional and physical needs. The art program fosters a healing environment of service to patients, visitors and staff. “Studies show that art, especially pieces that reflect nature or floral themes, promotes health and healing,” she said. “At Burke, we also choose art that incorporates movement to further its mission of rehabilitation.”
A recent addition to the Burke campus, titled To celebrate, is a series of four paintings in the Burke CARES Staff Lounge. Artist Jennifer Glover Riggs experimented with bright, happy colors to foster an optimistic sense that better days are always ahead.
Another example, Infusions by artist Jamie Harris, graces the Bonnie and Tom Grace SCI/Neurorehabilitation Gym. This work of art, spanning 31 feet, creates an atmosphere of encouragement using uplifting colors and images that project a sense of movement.
According to Burke’s Vice President of Inpatient Rehabilitation, Sandra Alexandrou, PT, MBA, “When someone walks into the Bonnie and Tom Grace Gym, especially for the first time, they are immediately captivated by this beautiful work of art. art that perfectly complements this already impressive space. Alexandrou also noted, “For people receiving therapy in the gym and for employees, the sense of movement and transition captured by the art communicates the essence of rehabilitation in such a graceful way and elevates the morale of everyone who spends time in the gym. .”
The collections are organized to highlight the unique characteristics of each location. Rachel Hellman’s fresco, paths of light, consists of changing shutters of warm and cool colors that are inspired by Burke’s landscape. Located in the White Plains Ambulatory Gymnasium, this mural creates a positive environment that encourages patients through their rehabilitation journey. The artwork enriches this newly renovated space equipped with modern technology.
Burke’s locations across Westchester and the Bronx also incorporate art to further this restoration mission.
Moise concluded, “When I curate art for Burke, my hope is for everyone to experience the artwork as it moves through our various facilities and it transforms the experience of his rehabilitation process.”
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