At Swedish, we believe that art fundamentally contributes to a healing environment. That is why our campuses are filled with works of art that convey beauty, drama and sometimes whimsy.

David Bennett’s “Green Dragon” is one of these works of whimsy and wonder. More than five-feet long, this glass and bronze sculpture is a new favorite at Swedish/Ballard, where it now sits at the entrance to the Tallman Building. “Green Dragon” was a generous gift from Dr. Jonathan Chinn and Carol A. Chinn, and it is donations like this that have had a great impact in enhancing the environment at all of our campuses, most recently in projects like the True Family Women’s Cancer Center at First Hill and the Swedish Cancer Institute at Edmonds.

The Swedish art collection began in the 1960s due to the efforts of Dr. Allan Lobb, a surgeon and executive director of Swedish from 1961 to 1988. Dr. Lobb was also an artist, and had a unique understanding of how the arts could contribute to a healing environment. This visionary approach has since been supported by numerous studies. We now know that when patients become absorbed in a work of art, their body physiology actually changes, alleviating sensations of anxiety and pain. Since we know the mind can be a powerful ally in the battle against disease, Swedish continues to be an avid proponent of art in its public spaces.

Donations, gifts to the Art Endowment Fund, and a small percentage of the construction budgets of new projects and remodels have allowed the collection to grow as Swedish has grown. Today the Swedish collection includes more than 2500 pieces of original artwork across its seven campuses, bringing together works by both established and emerging artists from throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Rim.

The Swedish Art Collection is always in need of new additions, especially as the medical center opens new facilities. By earmarking a contribution for the Art Endowment—which will create an ongoing source of funds to allow us to continually add to our collection—donors can foster the arts and support excellent patient care in one generous gesture.

To learn more about the collection, contact Nancy Stoaks, Art Program Coordinator, at 206-215-3256 or nancy.stoaks@swedish.org. If you are interested in making a donation to the Art Endowment, please click here
 

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