Center for Humanities in Medicine

The Center for Humanities in Medicine supports Mayo Clinic’s primary value, the needs of the patient come first, by integrating the arts and other expressions of human culture into the healing environment.

The Center engages interconnected communities of patients, families, staff, learners, and the public to promote the artful and compassionate delivery of healthcare. Humanities in Medicine activities are open to Mayo Clinic patients, staff, visitors and community members and are made possible by the generous donations of grateful benefactors.

Mar 31, 2020

Delivering Art at the Bedside during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Sarah Mensink, @samensink


On March 30, 2020 the Lavins Center’s Art at the Bedside program delivered 110 art kits to Mayo Clinic hospital patients.  In lieu of person-to-person bedside visits, employee and artist Jennalee Whiting designed and assembled the kits and delivered them to Antepartum, Hematology/Oncology, and Hospice/Palliative units.

Hospice social worker Casey L. Smith shared “We are handing them out to palliative care patients to enhance overall coping and to provide distraction during their hospital stay. Many do not have visitors right now.  Our chaplain witnessed a young woman “light up” this morning when she received one.”

Kits included:  Clay, Embroidery, Painting, Message in a Bottle, Pre-cut Felt, and (for Antepartum only) Baby Onesie, Wood Block

art kit

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