Southwestern Vermont Health Care hosts national expert in art and healing

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care hosts national expert in art and healing

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 2:24pm --

Vermont Business Magazine - Renowned researcher, Dr. Esther Sternberg, presents concepts from her best-selling book. Southwestern Vermont Health Care, with support from the Susan Sebastian Foundation, is proud to host Dr. Esther Sternberg at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Arkell Pavilion on the campus of the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, VT.

Dr. Esther Sternberg is internationally recognized for her discoveries in mind-body science at the interface of design and health and is the nation’s leading researcher on the science of place and wellbeing. She is founding director of the University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing ( and professor of medicine and research director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona at Tucson, and is the author of more than 200 scholarly articles and two popular books, including the best-selling Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Wellbeing (Harvard University Press). She has advised the American Institute of Architects, several branches of the U.S. government, Pope Benedict XVI, and was Senior Scientist and Section Chief at the National Institutes of Health 1986 – 2012.

The event coincides with an exhibit of more than 100 pieces of artwork by Vermont artists, from which 54 pieces will be selected and purchased by the Susan Sebastian Foundation for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s inpatient rooms. The exhibit will be held 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11 and 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at the Arkell Pavilion on the campus of the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, VT.

The Susan Sebastian Foundation was founded in honor of Susan Sebastian, who endured a long illness looking at the bare walls of hospital rooms. It was her wish that every hospital room in Vermont be hung with gentle, inspiring art by Vermont artists. Since Susan's death in 2009, her mother Elise Braun has worked to fulfill her daughter's wish. 

The Susan Sebastian Foundation used the principles described in Dr. Esther Sternberg’s book, Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being, to guide gifts of art to Vermont hospitals. More than five years later, the Foundation has funded the purchase of art for permanent display in the patient rooms of every Vermont hospital. With their gift of art to Southwestern Vermont Health Care this summer, their mission will be complete.

Both the exhibit and Dr. Sternberg’s talk are free and open to the public. Space for Dr. Sternberg’s talk is limited. Reservation is required. Those interested in attending should visit reserve a seat.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit