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‘Healing Ceilings’ offer unique view for hospital patients

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BY AMY HOGUE

Next time you’re in the obstetrical, dialysis or emergency sections in the Smiths Falls campus of the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital, take a moment to look up, you might be surprised at what you find. Local artist and cancer survivor, Donna Scanlan, has brought her creativity and a healing view to the hospital with her donation of hand painted ceiling tiles, called ‘healing ceilings.’

“It’s a difficult time for a lot of people when they find themselves in hospitals, and I thought maybe it’s time we created something to brighten it up a bit,” Scanlan explained.

Although Scanlan has been cancer free for seven years, she said when she was in the hospital frequently for treatments, she spent a lot of time staring up at the ceiling and thinking “we’ve got to do something about these ceilings.”

As a lifelong painter, painting was the first thing that came to her mind after her diagnosis. “The first thing I thought was nobody’s going to stop me painting, so I’m going to do it anyway….so I painted wall murals at home, painted on the ceiling, painted everywhere. Then I started painting on tiles and donating them,” Scanlan explained.

So far Scanlan has painted and donated 17 tiles to the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital, and 18 to the Smiths Falls campus of the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital. In January, Scanlan will be donating another 16 or 17 to the Perth campus as well.

Looking beyond the local area, Scanlan has also approached the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and said they are looking at putting some tiles at Rogers House. The Cancer Centre at the Kingston General Hospital is where Scanlan herself had her treatment and is another potential location for her work.

More than just a creative and inspiring view for hospital patients, Scanlan’s ‘healing tiles’ can also be used as a fundraiser for the hospital. “We’re sort of talking about that, people could donate something towards the hospital and have a tile installed in their name,” Scanlan said.

Although Scanlan calls the tiles ‘healing ceilings,’ she said the healing benefits go both ways. “I think even though I call them healing ceilings I think people look at them and get some healing benefits, but I also get a healing benefit from creating them.”

“It’s not about money, I just want to do it for the joy of it, and if it brings a smile to someone or makes someone feel better then we’ve done something good.”

For more information about the ‘healing ceiling’ or for information about making a donation to the hospital, please visit http://www.healingceilingtiles.ca/ or contact sfchfoundation@bellnet.ca.

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‘Healing Ceilings’ offer unique view for hospital patients

healing tile dy

BY AMY HOGUE

Next time you’re in the obstetrical, dialysis or emergency sections in the Smiths Falls campus of the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital, take a moment to look up, you might be surprised at what you find. Local artist and cancer survivor, Donna Scanlan, has brought her creativity and a healing view to the hospital with her donation of hand painted ceiling tiles, called ‘healing ceilings.’

“It’s a difficult time for a lot of people when they find themselves in hospitals, and I thought maybe it’s time we created something to brighten it up a bit,” Scanlan explained.

Although Scanlan has been cancer free for seven years, she said when she was in the hospital frequently for treatments, she spent a lot of time staring up at the ceiling and thinking “we’ve got to do something about these ceilings.”

As a lifelong painter, painting was the first thing that came to her mind after her diagnosis. “The first thing I thought was nobody’s going to stop me painting, so I’m going to do it anyway….so I painted wall murals at home, painted on the ceiling, painted everywhere. Then I started painting on tiles and donating them,” Scanlan explained.

So far Scanlan has painted and donated 17 tiles to the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital, and 18 to the Smiths Falls campus of the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital. In January, Scanlan will be donating another 16 or 17 to the Perth campus as well.

Looking beyond the local area, Scanlan has also approached the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and said they are looking at putting some tiles at Rogers House. The Cancer Centre at the Kingston General Hospital is where Scanlan herself had her treatment and is another potential location for her work.

More than just a creative and inspiring view for hospital patients, Scanlan’s ‘healing tiles’ can also be used as a fundraiser for the hospital. “We’re sort of talking about that, people could donate something towards the hospital and have a tile installed in their name,” Scanlan said.

Although Scanlan calls the tiles ‘healing ceilings,’ she said the healing benefits go both ways. “I think even though I call them healing ceilings I think people look at them and get some healing benefits, but I also get a healing benefit from creating them.”

“It’s not about money, I just want to do it for the joy of it, and if it brings a smile to someone or makes someone feel better then we’ve done something good.”

For more information about the ‘healing ceiling’ or for information about making a donation to the hospital, please visit http://www.healingceilingtiles.ca/ or contact sfchfoundation@bellnet.ca.

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