GRMC Supports Hero’s Journey Art Project

Last Updated on Jul 20, 2017 at 9:18am | Health & Social

Article courtesy of NCWC Media - The Republican.  Reporter: Nicole McCullough, Garrett Regional Medical Center.
Garrett Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of WVU Medicine, has announced its support for the Eli Lilly and Company Hero’s Journey Art Project, a series of sculptures created to bring awareness to clinical research and honor clinical trial patients.
GRMC recently partnered with Regina Holliday, a local patient’s rights arts advocate and founder of the Medical Advocacy Mural Project, to give patients and staff at the hospital an opportunity to paint bricks to express their feelings about clinical research and trials.
Holliday spent several hours at GRMC one day encouraging both patients and staff to paint a brick in support of the project. Once completed, the bricks were then sent to artist John Magnan’s studio, where they were assembled into unique sculptures along with bricks painted in other communities. The resulting sculpture will be displayed for the public to see. The first sculpture was revealed on March 10 at LiveSTRONG Headquarters in Austin, Texas.
“It’s important that patients are involved in the health-care process,” said Mark Boucot, GRMC president and CEO. “We strongly support research into new treatment options. Eli Lilly gathering the views of patients, families, and healthcare providers on the clinical trial process is a good outlet for those participating and provides valuable information regarding clinical trials to a major health-care player. We’re very pleased that Regina Holliday brought this project to us.”
Patients and staff at GRMC were invited to paint a brick about how health-care and especially clinical trials have affected their lives. Sarah Myers was visiting the hospital in support of a family member and took the opportunity to paint a brick in memory of her grandmother, who she recently lost to dementia.
“I am thrilled to be a part of an art project facilitated by Garrett Regional Medical Center and Regina,” Myers said. “My brick was meant to represent the confusion of navigating the health-care system as a patient, but also the need for more research and trials to support dementia and Alzheimer’s research.”
Increasing awareness of clinical trials is crucial to ensure that science can continue to improve and bring new treatments to patients who need them. Eli Lilly is using art to bring an understanding and attention to these clinical trials and medical research.
“Art is a power tool in medicine,” said Holliday, who coordinated the Lilly project locally. “It helps explain concepts, provides therapy, and it helps create public health policy.”
Garrett County’s participation has already paid off; a brick painted by GRMC Benefits Coordinator Linda Peterson was featured on the Eli Lilly website.
More information about the project can be found at