MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In celebration of Journées de la culture, Shriners Hospitals for Children ® ─ Canada invites everyone – patients, families and the community – for an extremely rallying and creative activity. From September 23 to September 29, everyone is invited to contribute in the creation of a giant quilt made out of postcards. This activity is organized in partnership with Montreal Museum of Fine Arts who will help with the logistics.
The theme for Journées de la culture in 2019 is “Developing relationships, building bridges”, which fits perfectly with our hospital’s identity, who has always been a blend of cultures. We provide treatments for children coming from all over the world, and our care philosophy, centered on families, incites us to consider art and culture as assets. Whether it is visual, auditory or multi-sensory, art has a positive impact on patients’ morale and also fosters healing as it helps clear their mind, express and externalize how they feel about their illness.
“We use art in our research programs as children are, by nature, good artists. Through art, they get a better understanding of the treatments they receive and are therefore more involved in the healing process. Also, when speaking of building bridges and developing relationships with our patients and their families, art helps adults better understand the children. For clinicians, it is a way to remember that in the communications process, we cannot rely solely on the verbal aspect, especially when feelings are hard to express or to share”, explains Argerie Tsimicalis, PhD and clinical researcher at Shriners Hospitals for Children ─ Canada.
From Monday to Friday, patients and their families are invited to create a part of the final quilt at different locations in the hospital – Child Life, clinic, waiting rooms, cafeteria, etc. The public is invited to join us at the main entrance of the hospital, from September 26 to September 29, to partake in this collective artwork, which will be displayed in our museum until December 2019.
« The social services team is always looking for creative and efficient ways to connect with our patients and to accompany them and their families during challenging times. Furthermore, for patients who do not speak French or English or who may have difficulties expressing themselves, art, being one of the universal languages, can help us build trust with our patients and their families, which will then help with building bridges towards a partnership of care between all healthcare professionals and the family. Lastly, participating in this project can help distract patients while they are here and help mitigate any anxiety or stress they may be feeling. We are very excited to be participating in this innovative activity. », says Trudy Wong, Manager of the Social Services Department.
The media is invited to witness the progression of this activity all week long, but especially on Thursday, September 26 as families, patients and employees will regroup in the cafeteria to create postcards together and continue to “build bridges”.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada
Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network Shriners hospitals. This bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy.
The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. Affiliated with McGill University, the hospital provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals within its outstanding new facility on the Glen site. The hospital is present in communities across Canada, thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and satellite clinics. Renowned for promoting health, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada have been helping children reach their full potential for over 90 years.