Oh, For the Love of Art


February 18, 2020

LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO- Memorial Medical Center is launching the Memorial Art Initiative this February during the Love of Art Month. Memorial Medical Center Chief Executive Officer John Harris started this art initiative in late 2019 to help enhance the art collection at Memorial. “In all honesty, the art collection here at Memorial has been outdated for some time.” John Harris states.  Studies have shown that placing art in hospitals have helped improved patient wellbeing, decrease hospital stays, reduce anxiety, depression and pain.[1] With such a large art community here in Las Cruces it only made sense to work together on this project.

With the help of key members of the Las Cruces Art Community Memorial Medical Center was able to put out a call of art seeking local artists to have an opportunity to have their work displayed throughout the hospital. “It is our hope to enhance the ambiance, sense of community and creative environment in Memorial Medical Center” Jack LeSage, member of the MMC Art Selection Committee states.

Reception with artwork selected for this initiative will be on display during Memorial’s 6th Annual Sweetheart Expo Sunday February 23 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm hosted at Memorial Medical Center West Annex lobby and conference room, public welcome. RSVP your spot today, call 800.424.DOCS (3627) 

Memorial Medical Center has a vision to create a place where people choose to come for health care, physicians want to practice, and employees want to work. Memorial takes pride in giving back to the community and going above and beyond. They are creating a legacy of care for our neighbors today and for generations to come.

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About Memorial Medical Center – At Memorial Medical Center we are committed to providing excellent care to our community.  Our facilities provide comprehensive services to residents throughout the Southern New Mexico.  We strive to offer the latest technology in imaging services, orthopedics, cancer and cardiac care.  Our commitment to high-quality care is strong.  Our team is committed to providing compassionate care and we bring new and innovative programs to show who matters the most - our communities!

About Memorial Medical Center Cardiovascular services – At Memorial Medical we are committed to providing excellent care to our community.  Our facilities provide comprehensive services to residents throughout Southern New Mexico.  Memorial has received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Through the combined efforts of our departments Emergency Services, Cath Labs, Telemetry, Cardiac Care Unit, Laboratory, Imaging/Radiology, and Engineering/Facilities we created an exceptional cardiac patient process and earned this accreditation. Using advanced techniques and technology, our Cardiac Care Team collaborates to ensure high-quality care for the hearts of Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico.

Picture attached. From left to right: Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Caryn Iverson, Director of Memorial Cancer Center Lynn Fletcher, Art Committee Vicki Morrow, Cynthia De Lorenzi, Ruth Drayer and Jack LeSage

[1] *Dawood, S. “Filling Hospital with Art Reduces Patient Stress Anxiety and Pain”, published Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (2019);1: pp. 1-6.