The Owensboro Health Arts at the Bedside Committee — a work group of the Arts in Healing program — believes in the power of art’s benefit to health, wellness and healing, which is exactly why the Art Cart was created. The committee collaborated to create a cart that is stocked with something for all ages. Patients at OHRH can choose to plant a seed, color, draw, paint or a variety of other activities from the Art Cart. “I hope the Art Cart brings our patients joy,” said volunteer specialist Elizabeth McHenry. “Some of our patients can be here for a long time, and I can only imagine how difficult that might be. My hope is that the items on the cart will brighten their day and serve as a distraction from everything else going on in their lives.” Debbie Luttrell, manager of Volunteer and Guest Services, concurred. “Anything we can do for our patients during their stay at the hospital to make them a little more comfortable is great, but to have the opportunity to bring a little joy is even better.” For Deb Schrooten, OHRH volunteer, the Art Cart is truly a labor of love. Deb takes the cart on regular rounds, visiting rooms by patient or nurse request. She enjoys bringing the patients something to make them happy during an otherwise difficult time. Debbie Zverner Johnson, director of Community Engagement, said, “Knowing the experience can aid in a patient’s physical and mental well-being and healing process makes the Art Cart very special.” Owensboro Health’s focus on older adults and aging will take them to the 18th annual “Senior Day Out” event presented by GRADD. Hundreds of area older adults are expected to fill Owensboro’s Towne Square Mall from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, September 26 , for the event that will present a day of free education and entertainment. Attendees can learn about disaster preparedness, consumer fraud, identity theft, Medicare benefits, fall prevention and safety, while enjoying food, fun and live music. Owensboro Health will be on-site to offer free goodies, health assessments and tips on how to age gracefully. The art of healing Senior Day Out! Thursday, September 26 Volunteer opportunities available! Call our volunteer coordinator at 270-417-3114 to find the right fit for you. Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Walla Walla, WA Permit No. 44 1201 Pleasant Valley Road Owensboro, KY 42303 From left, Elizabeth McHenry, Deb Schrooten and Debbie Luttrell work together to bring art therapy right to the patient’s bedside. Talk to your nurse to request a visit.