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Distinctive Art Source Celebrates 10 Years in Healthcare Art Consulting Business

When Barbara Harriman, IIDA, opened Distinctive Art Source in July 2003, she could clearly see the future of healthcare art. She envisioned a world in which hospitals would no longer be filled with sterile rooms and corridors. Instead, the hospital environment would be a place of healing in which the patient and visitor experience was [...]
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10 Healthcare Art Bloopers

The EARTH without ART may be EH, but healthcare art without thought for the patient can be PAINFUL. Research shows that appropriate artwork in the healthcare setting can help alleviate stress, reduce the need for pain medication and provide a positive distraction. But what happens when we find inappropriate artwork in the healthcare setting? In [...]
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Owensboro Reception Celebrates Community Artists

DAS was honored to attend a special Artists Reception at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in Kentucky on July 13, 2013. The event was held to recognize and welcome the 71 original artists who contributed to the art program at the hospital, which opened its doors on June 1. Approximately 150 people attended the reception featuring [...]
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Barbara Dellinger Inducted in IIDA College of Fellows

A heartfelt congratulations to DAS client and friend Barbara Dellinger, associate vice president and director of healthcare interiors at HDR Architecture, on her recent induction into the esteemed College of Fellows of the International Interior Design Association. Dellinger was among three new members who were introduced and celebrated at the IIDA Annual Meeting, Sunday, June [...]
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Creating a Sense of Place in the Hospital Setting

Evidence based design calls for creating physical environments that promote healing and reduce stress. Many healthcare owners, architects and designers are creating spaces that allow access to natural light, private patient rooms and family amenities. But what about giving patients that [...]
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DAS Projects Among CoD+A Top 100

Distinctive Art Source is honored to have two projects selected among the Top 100 projects in the CoD+A Awards competition celebrating the collaboration of design and art. We are excited that the world will have a chance to see the wonderful art installations at Inova and Owensboro! The CoD+A Awards are sponsored by The Art Commission [...]
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If We Could See Inside Others’ Hearts

Here is a wonderful illustration of the importance of seeing things from the perspective of others. Understanding what’s taking place in the heart and mind of the viewer is the root of evidence and patient based art. As art consultants, we consider the perspective of the viewer in creating every art program. That means we think [...]
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Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Art Program

Take a peek at some of the serene and soothing artwork you will find in the new Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Distinctive Art Source enjoyed working with the team at Owensboro as well as local artists and community members to create this one-of-a-kind art program! Visit  Read more

The Impact of Visual Art in Patient Waiting Rooms

Waiting is a core component of the healthcare experience which can induce stress and anxiety in patients and their caregivers. In a Quality Improvement Survey conducted across nine adult renal units the clinic waiting area at Cumfried received the highest score. This study evaluates which aspects of the waiting area were important to the patients [...]
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Take Two Doses of Nature and Call Me in the Morning

We already know that healthcare appropriate art can serve as a positive distraction and lower stress and anxiety for patients and family members in a hospital setting. But does it make a difference if nature scenes are viewed on a plasma screen as opposed to real life scenes viewed out a window? Can we trick [...]
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