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Baton Rouge General Launches New Program Bringing the Arts to Cancer Patients

01-Aug-2012

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General Medical Center announced that local Baton Rouge artist Juliet Lockwood will serve as the Artist-in-Residence for its new Arts in Medicine program. The program, which is supported through the hospital’s recently awarded LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Projectgrant, will facilitate bringing the arts to patients with cancer and offer opportunities to explore their own creative resources while meeting the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

Baton Rouge General’s Artist-in-Residence will bring painting, drawing, mobile making, mixed mediaand other fine arts projects to patients’ bedsides at Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center. The program’s design is based on theArtist-in-Residence (AIR) program founded by The Creative Center in New York City.

“We are pleased to offer this program to our cancer patients who will benefit from the therapeutic properties of creating and enjoying art with instruction from one of Baton Rouge’s talented local artists,” said Edgardo Tenreiro, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to growing the program as part of our Arts in Medicine initiative and recruiting additional artists in the future. As the region’s first comprehensive cancer program, we have expanded our services with the addition of our new Arts in Medicine program, positioning Baton Rouge General at the leading edge of cancer care in our community.”

“Our goal is to provide a creative outlet for patients to give hope and encouragement and develop supportive relationships. Patients will be in charge of what they choose to create and my hope is that the The Art Cart will be something they look forward to,” said Juliet Lockwood, Baton Rouge General’s Artist-in-Residence.

An iconographer and portrait, landscape and abstraction painter, Juliet Lockwood is from a family of artists. She has murals in Baton Rouge, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Boston, and has been involved in collaborative community mural projects through grants funded by The Office of Urban Affairs. Currently, Juliet teaches painting, drawing and crafts to artists of all ages and levels at her Baton Rouge studio. Her work can be seen in many local Baton Rouge restaurants and boutiques.

The LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project, created by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the non-profit founded by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, will bring proven cancer support programs to 90 communities across the United States.

(Photo attached: Artist-in-Residence Juliet Lockwood with Baton Rouge General patient painting ceiling tiles at Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center.)

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 544 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. 

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General,an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visitwww.BRGeneral.org.

About Baton Rouge General’s Cancer Program

Baton Rouge General's cancer center was approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program in 1989 and was the first cancer program in the region to attain approval. The program has maintained continuous approval subsequently. Baton Rouge General's Pennington Cancer Center was most recently re-approved in March 2011 and again achieved full three-year approval with all eight possible commendations. In addition, the Center's Radiation Oncology Department received accreditation from the American College of Radiology in 2008. In 2009, Baton Rouge General was the first accredited Breast Cancer Program in Louisiana by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This accreditation assures Baton Rouge General patients benefit from:

·               A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best care treatment options

·               Access to breast cancer information, education and support services

·               Breast cancer data collection on quality indicators for all specialties involved in breast cancer care

·               Ongoing monitoring and follow-up care

·               Participation in clinical trials evaluating new breast cancer treatment options.

 

For more information, visit www.BRGeneral.org



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