Published on December 10, 2020

CalArts and Henry Mayo Reimagine Well

On December 8, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and CalArts revealed a first-of-a kind pilot program aimed to improve palliative care.

This novel collaboration between clinicians at the hospital and the class has yielded a first of a kind -- dynamic digital guide – offering patients and families “creative healing solutions that reduce anxiety, enable mindfulness experiences, create memories, and ease the fear of the unknown,” said Shannon Scrofano, CalArts faculty member and co-initiator of the course.

"We believe in using our gifts to comfort the human spirit and provide compassion. And we are excited to have this new creative tool kit to share with our patients and families."​ Lisa Ortega, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC

The 16-student Healthcare by Design​course partnered in the effort with Henry Mayo, the pilot program for patients and families is now in use.

The team hopes the comprehensive approach developed in Santa Clarita will find broader adoption in adult palliative care nationwide.

To learn more about Reimagine Well, click here.