Arts in Medicine

Relax Through Creative Activities 

We understand living with cancer can create unbearable stress and anxiety.  It can come from constant worry about your cancer condition or fearful waiting before a procedure or surgery.

Our Arts in Medicine program is designed to help you and your family cope during these times by providing cancer resources and a means to help you relax through creative activities, as well as express and explore your emotions and concerns.

Research studies on arts in medicine programs have proven artistic activities can lower stress levels, decrease anxiety and improve a sense of well-being.  Our program includes but is not limited to visual, literary and music arts that can help you shift your focus into a more peaceful and hopeful mental space. There is no cost and art materials are provided.

The artists in our Arts in Medicine program, a mix of professional artists, art students and creative arts volunteers, can join you in your hospital room or during your time in our infusion centers and radiation oncology at Riverside Methodist and Grant Medical Center.

  • Talk to your nurse at Riverside Methodist about having someone from our Arts in Medicine program visit with you.
  • If you see an artist on the floor, feel free to ask him or her to come to your room.
  • Or call CancerCall at (614) 566.4321 and ask about our Arts in Medicine program.
  • There is no cost and art materials are provided.

Art Therapy at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital

While artists are available in our Arts in Medicine program to help lessen your stress and anxiety, we also provide a registered art therapist to help Riverside Methodist cancer patients explore, express and communicate their emotions.

Art therapy is founded on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to:

  • resolve conflicts and problems
  • develop interpersonal skills
  • manage behavior
  • reduce stress
  • increase self-esteem and self-awareness
  • achieve insight

Our registered art therapist in Riverside Methodist Cancer Care is Jennifer McHale.  You or your family may see Jennifer on the Cancer Care Unit during your stay at Riverside Methodist, or find her knocking on your door, seeing if you’d like to make some art, share and communicate.

You also can call CancerCall (614) 566.4321 to schedule a time to meet with Jennifer.