Art In The Tower
WILLIAMSPORT – ‘The art of healing’ couldn’t be a better phrase for the many pieces of art on display at the new Susquehanna Health’s Tower building. A welcoming reception and open house was presented to the many local artists who created their art throughout Williamsport’s Regional Medical Center located on 700 High Street.
An opening ceremony for the renovated building was held last Tuesday afternoon and a reception was given for the artists on Wednesday morning. Seventy local artists commissioned 300 unique pieces of art through the Art Partnership, Inc. located in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. “Medical research indicates that art is helpful in promoting healing,” said Leslie Watkins, president of the Art Patrnership.
Not only does it improve the aesthetics, art helps reduce stress and can even reduce the length of a hospital stay. All the pieces of art in the building have been carefully selected by professional members of the SH Artwork Advisory Committee. All work has been created by artists in this region.
Local artists from the East Lycoming area who were selected include Chris Armstrong from Unityville; Paul Barrett, Hughesville; Stephen Buggy, Hughesville; Ken Hunter, Muncy; Gretchen Moyer, Muncy; Kathy Sterngold, Muncy; Bruce Storm, Muncy; and Nella Storm, Muncy.
Self guided tours were available through the new main lobby, an expanded emergency and waiting room, a joint replacement and spine unit, five new surgical suites and cardiac operating room, a large therapy room for orthopedic patients and a multimedia conference room that can seat up to 200. The total cost for the renovation was $150 million.