Artwork Delivers Tranquility to Patient Rooms
Twenty-two pieces of original Vermont artwork were delivered to Rutland Regional Medical Center last month, thanks to a generous donation by the Susan Sebastian Foundation of Williston, whose mission is to purchase and donate Vermont artwork to hang on the walls of patient rooms in Vermont hospitals. The Foundation was established in 2009 by Elise Braun of Waterbury, Vt. following the death of her daughter Susan in 2008, who suffered from a long illness and before her death spent great lengths of time staring at hospital room walls. She told her mother, “When I get out of here, I am going to sell my house to buy art for hospital patient rooms.” Braun was determined to see her daughter’s wishes realized. The Susan Sebastian Foundation has donated more than 300 pieces of art to ten Vermont hospitals.
“The artwork is a welcome addition to Rutland Regional,” said vice president of corporate support services, Mary Nemeth, who chose the art, done by Vermont artists.
“Each piece was specially chosen to help make patient rooms bright and inviting places that promote the wellbeing of patients and their families,” she said.
“This is a tremendous contribution to the healing environment that is at the core of our mission,” said Tom Huebner, CEO of Rutland Regional. “We are grateful for this very generous donation and are honored to add this meaningful collection to our community hospital.”