DHMC's Herb-an Setting
The perennial beds outside the DHMC cafeteria were filled with more than just colorful blossoms this summer. Sprawling amidst the flowers were sage, rosemary, basil, oregano, and two varieties of thyme. The idea for spicing up the flowerbeds with herbs came from a few employees who approached Paul Goundrey, the supervisor of grounds and vehicles at DHMC. Since "herbs are pretty low maintenance," says Goundrey, it didn't take much convincing for him to agree to mix in a few among the flowers. Although employees and visitors weren't supposed to pick the herbs, the greens were put to good use in the hospital cafeteria's kitchen. Goundrey expects some of the herbs to "make it through the winter," and, since they didn't add extra work for the grounds crew, his team will probably plant even more next year.
Program is a Work of Art
It started simply: three youngsters drawing self-portraits and making masks at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, N.H., under the guidance of a few students from Dartmouth Medical School. "I remember how happy those three children were when they left, and I think that was what gave the program momentum," says Cindy Nu Chai, a DMS '10 and the founder of Dartmouth Arts for Kids. "We were able to slowly gain trust from the community and to show the community that this program was worthwhile. Now there are wait lists for the art sessions." Chai started the program under the auspices of an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She's since recruited numerous fellow medical students who are willing to share their interest in art, plus some of their precious spare time, with chronically ill children. This fall, as it enters its third year, the program is flourishing. "We spend a lot of time reading about patients with different disorders," says Jennifer Shue, a DMS '11 and coleader of the program. "It's a reminder that they may have a diagnosis, but at the same time they're real people." "Here," points out AVA's Bente Torjusen, "the emphasis is on what they can do, not what they cannot do."
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