The Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program (AHP) promotes cura personalis, or care of the whole person, for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) patients, family members, caregivers, medical staff and visitors through its programs of music, expressive writing, dance and visual arts. These therapeutic art modalities encourage a creative and constructive response to illness. Classes, workshops, bedside visits, exhibitions, environmental enhancements and educational programs contribute to promoting an optimum life experience for those who encounter and interact with the AHP at MGUH.
The AHP is lead by these guiding principles: the best patient care begins with the best staff care, artists are valuable members of patient care teams, healthcare professionals need to take time for self-care and a creative healthcare environment benefits all communities involved.
There are amazing benefits to integrating the arts into healthcare. Research indicates that the arts alleviate a wide range of patient symptoms including stress, anxiety, pain and depression, as well as improve staff morale. The past year has been a very exciting one for the AHP as every part of the program is expanding. We are working to increase both knowledge of, and support for, the AHP’s music, dance, expressive writing and visual arts offerings in order to meet the rising demand at MGUH.
The AHP was formed about twenty years ago thanks to the generosity of many individuals and private organizations and is able to continue today because of private support. If you are interested in making a gift to the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program, please contact Faculty Director, Julia Langley directly at (202) 444- 7228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We deeply appreciate your interest in the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program!
Faculty Director, Arts and Humanities Program
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
"I made the decision to treat my cancer in a place 70 miles from home because I hoped that through the Arts Program I would find some part of myself again, that I would not drown in the fear of this disease."
- Leslie, cancer survivor
Thank you BBC News for including the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program in your feature of the Extraordinary Healing Powers of Music!