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Monday, September 18, 2017  |  3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Volunteers transforming a public hospital into a healing environment.

Bruce Komiske MHA, FACHE
V. P. New Hospital Design and Construction, Erlanger Medical Center
Martica Lambiase
Co-Chair, Arts at Erlanger, Erlanger Medical Center
Judith Spiegel
Co-Chair, Arts at Erlanger, Erlanger Medical Center

The Country's 7th largest public hospital had been capital starved for many years. With new leadership the hospital's financial situation turned around in three short years by investing in people and programs. In addition to new medical technology and facilities, the institution realized that its' approach to creating a healing environment was equally in need of a transformation but there was no staff or budget to fuel the transformation. Two volunteers stepped up to the challenge. Starting with a small committee, they developed two healing gardens, an award winning chapel, created by hosting a design competition between teams of local architects and artists, an art exhibition space, daily performances and most recently a collection of over 350 pieces of original photography. All with practically no official budget. This process has also transformed the new Children's Hospital, with the donation of an 1891 Steam Engine and much more, all from the community.


1. Learn how to transform an "institution" into healing environment without a staff or budget
2. Learn the importance of engaging the local arts community and recognizing the value of their profession
3. Learn how this same approach is transforming the new Children's Hospital into a celebration of the region's culture
4. Learn how these same principles can be applied in any hospital environment