Visitors to Shore Medical Center will notice some new and interesting additions to the hospital’s décor this year – a soapstone seal sculpture tucked in next to the gift shop; an enormous purple martin palace nestled near the lobby entrance; and a nautical mobile hanging in the small atrium near the coffee cart, just to name a few.
The additions are part of the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University’s permanent collection of fine and folk art on loan to Shore Medical Center throughout the year. The exhibit gives the Noyes Museum an opportunity to showcase a large selection of pieces from its collection after its Galloway museum closed at the end of 2015. The artwork was carefully selected to include pieces reflective of our shore community’s history and natural beauty, but also blended well with the hospital’s healing arts environment.
Shore’s relationship with The Noyes Museum dates back to 2012, when Noyes Executive Director Michael Cagno and his team assisted with the creation of the hospital’s Healing Arts Gallery on the 2nd floor walkway of the new Surgical Pavilion. Then, when the museum announced it would be vacating its Galloway building, Shore CFO David Hughes wanted to bring the museum to Somers Point, and offered space for it at a property the hospital owned. The location did not meet the museum’s needs, but rather than give up, Hughes pursued other opportunities within the hospital which led to this exhibit.
“We can’t think of a better use for our work during this transition phase than to help heal patients and their loved ones,” Cagno said.
“A great deal of work went into preparing the pieces for exhibit at Shore Medical Center. We went back and forth with the executive team to see what art would work best and in what spaces. There’s a lot to consider, like the size and material of the piece, the lighting of the area, the angles of the walls around it. We also make sure each piece is stable, that the pieces are conserved, and that each item is insured.”
Shore employs a holistic approach to patient-centered care that embraces the mind, body and spirit. The medical center has been recognized as the first and only hospital in New Jersey to be formally designated as a “Planetree Designated® Patient-Centered Hospital.” This designation recognizes Shore’s achievement and innovation in the delivery of patient-centered care. Shore is one of 76 healthcare organizations worldwide to receive the Patient-Centered Designation since the program’s launch in 2007.
“We’re grateful that the Noyes Museum has entrusted Shore with its collection and look forward to sharing the beautiful works with all who enter our hospital,” said Shore Medical Center President and CEO Ron Johnson.
Pictured above: Purple Martin Palace, created by Leslie Christofferson in 1935, is just one of over 30 pieces from the Noyes Museum of Art’s permanent collection on display at Shore Medical Center throughout the year.