The Arts in Medicine Project has launched in Haywood Regional Medical Center. The international program was introduced by Elizabeth Garlington, who has served as a visiting artist at two other hospitals, and her husband, David Hegerich. The program is promoted by people who see connections art can have on calming trauma, triggering memories, and getting people to share their emotions. The fourth floor was selected because it houses the hospital’s progressive care unit, where patients who have experienced trauma are stepping down from intensive care and workers are prone to experience “compassion fatigue.” Already, persons undergoing physical therapy have been observed walking further to look at the pictures, and patients suffering dementia now have vibrant images to jog long-forgotten memories and create new ones. Photographs by David Gardner of Canton, featuring the natural beauty of Western North Carolina, were selected to inspire and soothe; while quilts by local enthusiasts Jane Cole, Wendy Bowen, and Dr. Frances Owl-Smith are hoped to stir feelings of nostalgia. Chris Kuhlman at the Print Haus processed the photographs in giclee to make sure they met fire codes and could be repeatedly sanitized without deterioration. Collaborations with additional artists are in the works for other areas of the hospital.