Whenever you have a chance to visit UF Health The Oaks, the newest expansion to our health care system, make sure you look around and check out what’s hanging on the walls.
The artwork throughout the building features photography taken by UF Health faculty and staff. Fifty-eight colleagues submitted more than 700 photos for UF Health The Oaks and about 150 pictures by 31 individuals are featured.
The UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine, or AIM, team developed this idea 10 years ago with the opening of the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital.
“The concept began when we learned that employees would be migrating from Alachua General Hospital, which was closing, to the new cancer hospital,” said Tina Mullen, director of AIM. “This also was the first time we were going to ask employees who worked in the main hospital on Archer Road to move to the cancer hospital. This was causing a lot of stress around the idea of moving into a new building, and we wanted to take that into consideration. We wanted staff to feel a sense of ownership of this new building.”
Mullen continued, “We made a decision as part of the art program that instead of buying posters for the patient rooms, and since digital photography was becoming really accessible and printing costs were affordable, we could ask employees if they wanted to volunteer their photographs. That way, they would feel part of the new hospital.”
They enlisted the UF Health Communications team to issue a “Call to Artists” in all our internal communications tools seeking submissions from faculty and staff. The team received more than 1,000 entries.