August 24, 2018

The 3 North Patient Care Unit at Mather Hospital has a new, more colorful look thanks to the contributions of several local artists whose work now adorns its walls. Paintings by a dozen artists were donated to the intermediate care unit, each with a nautical or water theme in keeping with Mather’s namesake, John T. Mather, the last of a family of Port Jefferson shipbuilders.

The idea for the paintings came from Mather cardiologist Shug-Hong Young, MD, who attended an exhibit by the Setauket Artists group. “He approached the hospital’s administration with the idea of having local original artwork on the hospital’s new 3 North patient care,” said Irene Ruddock, president of the artists’ group.

Emily Emma, RN, Nurse Manager for 3 North, said the timing was perfect since her staff also had suggested art for the unit. The paintings were hung according to color, size and theme. “There was a lot of thought and planning and a lot of staff buy-in to see exactly where we wanted everything to go,” Emma said.

Studies have shown that displaying art in hospitals can have a positive impact on patients, staff and visitors. “The patients truly enjoy it when they walk around,” Emma said. “It takes you to a nice, calming state and it makes you forget about being here for a little bit.”

British art historian Richard Cork, author of “The Healing Presence of Art: A History of Western Art in Hospitals,” wrote that “Art is able to provide solace, exhilaration, and satisfaction in a huge variety of different forms. Above all it is able to humanise a building, infusing an often soulless and impersonal environment with affirmation…”

Mather hosted a reception for the artists on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 4:30-6 pm on 3N.

Pictured: Artists who donated paintings and Mather Administration; Shug-Hong Young, MD and Irene Ruddock with her painting that he purchased and donated to 3 North.

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