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Local artists celebrated at future Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton
Gary Nicholson of Hoschton brought all of his grandchildren to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton artists reception to view his photograph of Sells Mill on display in the human resources waiting area. The hospital installed an art collection from North Georgia artists.

The famed founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, once said “Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the object presented to patients are an actual means of recovery.”

With that in mind, the leaders at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, set to open next month, installed an expansive art collection at the hospital to further enhance the intentional healing environment for patients. The collection includes numerous original works from area artists, bringing a local touch to the community hospital.

Recently, the hospital celebrated the local artists with a special reception, allowing them to view the recently installed collection.

Rodney Hamilton, a resident of the neighboring Village at Deaton Creek, brought his wife, daughter and grandchildren to see his three photographs on the ground floor.

“I am thrilled to have my artwork on display in this beautiful facility,” Hamilton said. “To know that I’ve left a lasting thumbprint in my community hospital is both exciting and humbling.”

Creating this opportunity for community participation is part of the hospital’s master plan, said Anthony Williamson, president of the future NGMC Braselton.

“We have worked to incorporate community input throughout our planning and design process,” he said. “We had feedback from more than 1,000 community members during our planning phase through community meetings we held throughout the area as well as a Web survey. Local participation in our original art collection is a further extension of that effort. This is the community’s hospital, and we want them to feel a part of it.”

Leaders at NGMC issued a call to artists in February 2014, inviting the public to submit works for consideration. The committee specifically looked for locale-specific art displaying the natural beauty of the Northeast Georgia landscape.

“Our goal was to create a master planned, integrated art program that reflects the diversity and unique beauty found in Northeast Georgia through awe-inspiring views of nature,” Williamson said. “We sought works that complement the serene, warm, natural environment we have created through our interior design and also support our comprehensive wayfinding plan. Ideally, we were looking to create ‘Wow!’ moments for our patients, visitors and staff.”

Preference was given to artists living or working in the area.

But the biggest impact of the art collection is its proven impact on patient healing, he said.

“Evidence-based research has proven that a soothing environment can reduce patient stress and perception of pain and improve patient outcomes,” Williamson said.

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