The Art Project
In the Palliative and Comfort Care Unit
The Art Project in the UAB Palliative and Comfort Care Unit is a focused committee composed of members of the UAB Palliative Medicine Program and the Birmingham visual arts community. The committee is charged with securing appropriate representative works by local Birmingham area artists or collectors for permanent display in the inpatient Palliative and Comfort Care Unit. This clinical unit is housed within the UAB Hospital complex and provides specialized care for patients with serious illness. With an emphasis on enhancing the aesthetic of this unit to inspire a home like setting within a clinical institution, the primary goals of the Art Project are as follows:
- Secure donated works by local or national artists or collectors that are appropriate for display in this particular healthcare setting. Included in the works currently housed as part of the collection in the PCCU are pieces by local artists Frank Fleming, Scott Bennett, Dan Bynum, Alison DeCamillis, Ken Harrison and Todd Pierce as well as nationally known artists Elliott Hubbard, Jon Coffelt, and Robert Rauschenberg. Generous donations from area supporters and collectors as well as donated funds have allowed the purchase of several pieces for the PCCU including an etching of a famous Gees Bend Quilt.
- Advise and set policy regarding the long term vision and display of the art secured for this setting and secure the proper donor gift agreements within the UAB system;
- Work with the Palliative Medicine development staff to secure funds for the Art and Complementary Therapies Assistance Fund within the Palliative Medicine Program.
- Oversee the approval process and monitoring of expenditures from the Art and Complementary Therapies Assistance Fund
Art Project Membership
Palliative and Comfort Care Unit Art Project Membership
Lydia Cheney, Community Member
Carol Hunter, Lead PCCU Volunteer, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
Eileen Kunzman, Founder—Magic City Art Connection, CEO—Fine Art Services
Maryhelen Kirkpatrick, Community Volunteer
Ann McLean, Artist in Community
Rodney Tucker, MD, MMM, Director, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
Ashley Nichols, M.D., Medical Director UAB Palliative and Comfort Care Unit
Jackie Palmore, CHPN, UAB Palliative Care Coordinator
Jennifer Hicks, MSHA MBA, Program Director, Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
Jackie Westbrook, Nurse Manager, UAB Palliative and Comfort Care Unit
Jeannine O'Grody, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Birmingham Museum of Art
Mallie Hale, Major Gifts Officer
Megann Cain, Development Director
Pam Powell, Artist in Community
ART AND COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES
The provision of art and complementary (A & C) therapies in the UAB Palliative and Comfort Care Unit is a collaborative effort between various departments within UAB Hospital and VSA Arts of Alabama, a local non-profit arts organization. In an effort to enhance the patient and caregiver experience, we provide A & C evaluation and inclusion of these therapies into the treatment plan for each patient. Whether it is through music, visual art, pets, creative writing or journaling, we hope to provide care that meets the holistic needs of our patients.
The establishment of the Legacy Art Station within the family dining area of the PCCU in 2009 was guided by the Art Project Committee. In 2015 the Art Station was revitalized in loving memory of Terry Phillips, with continued support by the UAB Alumni Society. The retitled Hidden Valley Art Station now serves as a focal point for the creative process for families while staying with their loved ones on the Palliative and Comfort Care Unit.
For more information about the Art Project or ways to contribute or be involved please contact Jackie Palmore at 205.975.0826.