Paula Spacco, RN, a nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit began painting nearly fifteen years ago. Her co-workers and patients loved the work she hung on the walls, but Paula had another idea. Why not paint ceiling tiles so that patients could have a nice image to look at to help them relax before undergoing surgery?
Paula spent almost 18 hours sketching and painting loons and dolphins, morning glories, a sunset, an Adirondack chair, and a lighthouse. The tiles were installed in the ceiling, and now patients can enjoy Paula's work before their surgery.
It is widely believed that experiencing art, whether a serene landscape painting or soothing symphony music, can be a valuable part of the healing process. Paula Spacco not only provides excellent care for her patients' healing bodies and minds, she gives them inspiration for their spirit.
Paula's co-workers were so impressed with her actions that they nominated her for a Splash award, EMMC's highest recognition for employees who exceed expectations while caring for patients, families, communities, and one another.