Team Member Stories
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Photos by Chelsea P. Rowe (www.cprowe.com)
To highlight our experienced and compassionate nurses and staff, St. Mark’s Hospital features an exhibit throughout the facility to help connect patients to their caregivers in a meaningful and emotional way to humanize the hospital experience.
Healing Hands: Portraits and Stories of St. Mark’s Team Members is a revolving exhibit of St. Mark’s employees from various departments to honor the work they do for patients and families every day. Each artistic portrait is accompanied by a story; some biographical, others anecdotes of experiences that led employees to become caregivers and healthcare professionals.
The exhibit was created by Saundra Shanti, Lead Staff Chaplain for St. Mark’s Spiritual Care team, to demonstrate the power of arts in medicine. The purpose of the portraits is to help build community by sharing personal, inspiring and real stories about the staff who will be caring for patients during what can often be an emotional time.
Saundra’s Artist Statement
“The purpose of the Healing Hands exhibit is to build community. When we humanize each other, we care more for one another. I want our employees to be recognized as valuable human beings apart from their professional titles. I also want to cultivate interaction and respect across our departments and services. I’m happy to be able to put a face and story together and share them with you.
My process is to photograph employees from many different departments. These are sculptural, tight images including only the face and hands. Next, I meet with every person and invite them to tell me a story about themselves. These tales intersect with the hospital’s purpose story which is inscribed in stone at the hospital’s entrance: “St. Mark’s Hospital is erected to the glory of God and for the healing of all people.” Finally, I marinate in the stories I hear and transform them into written vignettes.
I hope you enjoy the viewing and the reading, and that your interaction with this exhibit will allow you feel more connected to all of us at St. Mark’s.