Art Is Medicine at West Suburban Medical Center
Rehabilitation often means practicing therapy techniques indoors but thanks to Occupational Therapist and professional artist, Sarah Landon, patients at West Suburban Medical Center have nature brought to them where and when they need it the most.
Landon turned her workplace, the West Suburban subacute rehabilitation gym, into an elegant woods.
“My semi-abstract/contemporary style of painting evolved while attending graduate school in Southern California,” said Landon, a full time Occupational Therapist at Oak Park’s West Suburban Hospital. “Living on the west coast had a significant influence on the development of my art. Nature conveys a powerful message of strength, energy, and points to the master painter who created it all.”
The creative art contributes to the healing process.
“The beautiful artwork creates an environment of relaxation and a positive focus,” says Kristina Skare, Director of Rehabilitation Services. “Our rehab forest transforms the stereotype of what a hospital rehab center looks like.”
West Suburban recognizes the power of art and medicine. They collaborate with the Oak Park Art League to host a travelling exhibit of local artwork that is open to the public for free viewing on the hospital lower level.