“Lions! And Tigers! And, Porcupines!?”
At Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s three convenient lab service locations visitors will no longer find ordinary drab walls. Walk into Suite 102 at the Jackson Gray Building to find a vivid red barn high on top of green rolling mountains. The 155 Borthwick Avenue lab walls have a fresh look with the addition of a colorful tribal mask and a sketch of a nest filled with baby birds. In the waiting rooms patients are welcomed by the amazing art work of K-12 Berwick Academy students located in South Berwick, ME.
“The integrity of our art program at Berwick Academy is important, we are very proud of our students and hanging their art work for the public is just one way to express the emphasis we put on community relations while helping to fill that void that hospitals may have,” explains Diane Field, Director of Admissions at Berwick Academy.
Field began hanging the art work of Berwick Academy students about three years ago at local banks. Not long after, it was brought to her attention that there were other bare walls that needed to be covered, Portsmouth Regional Hospital being one. Field works with Berwick Academy’s Parents Association to mat and frame the student’s art work then coming by Portsmouth Regional Hospital every couple months to rotate the art work. Student’s are notified in the Berwick Academy’s 1971 monthly publications when and where their art work will be displayed, peaking the curiosity of students and parents.
Employees at the lab service locations have welcomed the student’s art work with open arms. Jennifer Noseworth, Lead Phlebotomist, states, “All the employees and patients love having the creative art work around the office. It seems to brighten up everyone’s day.” Hanging in the Jackson Gray Building lab service office is a picture of two carefree friends jumping rope. “This one has been here since last year, I won’t let them take it away, it’s my favorite,” remarks Noseworth. Some of these pieces have even purchased by patients and employees!
Portsmouth Regional Hospital also welcomes local artists through the efforts of the Guild at Portsmouth Regional Hospital to display their art work in the hallways of the hospital, again brightening up what was once a bare colorless wall. Patients or employees who find a piece of art work they like are able to purchase through the hospital’s volunteer program. The proceeds go to the Guild, a non-profit organization that funds patient programs and community outreach projects, awards healthcare scholarships and makes grants to local charities.