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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Issues Public Call For Artists

Hospital Seeking Artwork to Enhance New Patient Tower

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Patient Experience Committee is seeking submissions from Michigan artists for a variety of artwork to be approved and considered for future purchase or commission for the hospital’s new South Patient Tower scheduled to open in 2014. Selected artwork will be used to enhance the healing environment of the new tower.

The Patient Experience Committee is seeking artists who reside in the State of Michigan who may be interested in providing artwork for the new South Patient Tower. Artwork should follow the guiding principles of healing art and evoke messages of peace and healing for the patients, visitors and staff who will use the new facilities.

Artwork is being sought in a variety of media, including sculpture, two- and three-dimensional artwork, original art, oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, limited edition prints, giclee prints, mixed media art, glass, mosaics, wall sculpture, fabric art, collages and photography. Existing and commissioned artwork will be considered.

Art will be placed in the main lobby, elevator lobbies, waiting rooms, corridors, consultation rooms, patient rooms and a variety of other public areas. Imagery that supports the healing journey, the community and presents elements of nature or water and landscapes will be considered. Inventive, yet sensitive, works are encouraged.

The vision of the arts program is to create an experience that heals bodies, nurtures souls and comforts hearts.

Artists are requested to read the Call for Artists, submit a letter of interest and include selected images from their portfolios to be considered for specific areas of the project. Click to learn more about the Call for Artists. Deadline for submissions is March 26, 2012.

SJMO’s new eight-story South Patient Tower will have 136 technologically enhanced, private patient rooms initially, with room to open 72 more. Patient rooms will be configured for comfort and include the latest innovations for clinical staff to provide optimal care. In addition, there will be plenty of support space for families, who are vital to the healing process. The new patient rooms are targeted for medical/surgical patients and will replace existing smaller rooms that currently cannot accommodate families and new medical and communications technology.

Some features of the new tower include:

  • Dedicated elevators for patient transport, visitors, food delivery, clean and soiled laundry to prevent the spread of germs and cross-contamination
  • Aesthetic elements giving the tower a softer, 21st century image
  • Physical pathways between the tower and other campus buildings to create safe, secure, smooth navigation connections for patients, visitors, clinical staff and associates
  • A newly designed contemporary lobby enhanced with artwork, an atrium and indoor gardens
  • A new, 355-space visitor parking lot

Get information about the new patient tower.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission-based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

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