Images of Healing

A heart surgery patient’s wife shares a photographic tribute


Louise Lindsay is a photographer and psychologist who shares a gallery of photographs (slide show) she took last year while her husband was having heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic. As an artist, Ms. Lindsay particularly noted the thoughtfully curated artworks that Cleveland Clinic displays throughout its locations.

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“I was very comforted, soothed and moved by the art work all over Cleveland Clinic. It truly helped my husband and I heal,” she wrote in an appreciative note to her husband’s surgeon, Douglas Johnston, MD. “Thank you for placing my husband’s heart in your hands and helping fight his disease. We are forever grateful to you. The care that you and your team provided, and your surgical skill and leadership, were outstanding. We so appreciated your visiting my husband in the days after his surgery, and your remaining in charge of his total care. Your touch was golden.

“As a family member, I took advantage of your tip to wait on the Rooftop Pavilion. It was a more meditative and supportive environment. I am a clinical psychologist, with a passion for photography. On the days during and after my husband’s surgery, I had my camera with me, as I often do. I took pictures in the ‘cracks’ of time available and ended up creating this photo essay and dedicating it to you.” You can see see the slideshow here.

Joanne Cohen, executive director and curator of the Art Program, is proud of the Cleveland Clinic collection. “The artwork in our buildings is not an afterthought,” she says. “Art is truly an integral part of the environment.”

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