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Cancer Center Named LIVESTRONG

St. Luke's Cancer Center is Named LIVESTRONG®

Community Impact Project Award Recipient

St. Luke's to partner with ArtsQuestTM to begin an Artist-in-Residence Program

Bethlehem, PA (11/10/2010) - St. Luke's is one of 20 organizations nationwide to receive The Creative Center: Arts in Healthcare award from LIVESTRONG. The award will be utilized to replicate the Artist-in-Residence Program, designed by The Creative Center, a LIVESTRONG deemed model program. One hundred seventy-nine qualified hospitals, cancer centers and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project online voting campaign. Over a two-week period, more than 260,000 votes were cast and St. Luke's was among the finalists.

St. Luke's will use the $16,000 award in partnership with the Bethlehem-based nonprofit organization ArtsQuestTM to begin an Artist-in-Residence program for the benefit of patients receiving care and treatment through St. Luke's Cancer Centers. This program will replicate the “best practice” program through guidance and training from The Creative Center.

Opportunity will Bring Joy to our Patients

“We are excited about this new opportunity and for the joy it will bring to our patients,” says Lee B. Riley, MD, PhD, FACS, Medical Director, Oncology Services, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network. “Art has the potential to reduce stress and impact both physical and emotional well-being. We know that ArtsQuest will be a wonderful partner to help us bring the Creative Center's Artist-in-Residence program to life at St. Luke's.”

The concept of making arts part of health care is not new, according to Janice Lipzin, Director of Visual Arts and Education from ArtsQuest. “We are delighted by the opportunity to offer this program,” she says. “The Arts in Healthcare program to be implemented at St. Luke's is known as ‘Inner Artist,’ which brings the highest quality art experience to cancer patients and their caregivers in a way that can be tracked and measured. The goal of Inner Artist is to empower patients through the artistic process to direct their energies toward health and wellness and improve their outcomes and health care experiences in a measurable way.”

First Program of its Kind in Pennsylvania

Currently, there is no program like Inner Artist in Pennsylvania; this will be the first program of its kind in the Commonwealth. “Studies have shown that patients participating in creating art significantly help their own healing process,” says Lipzin. “Artists will offer patients the opportunity to be absorbed in their own creative process which can serve as an antidote to the anxiety, pain and boredom that can be part of their treatment process.”

Lipzin, along with Banana Factory® artist Karen Steen, who will serve as the program's Artist in Residence, recently completed training at The Creative Center in New York City. Training focused on learning the unique demands of functioning in a clinical setting as well as how best to understand and work collaboratively with patients in creating pieces of art that represent the patient's journey along the healing continuum.

The award will provide $5,000 to cover the cost of one year of art supplies and an artist stipend of $11,000. It will also offer full access to LIVESTRONG's and The Creative Center's resources and LIVESTRONG guidebooks and wristbands. Lipzin and Steen will receive formal training at the LIVESTRONG Assembly in Austin, Texas in February 2011.

About St. Luke's Cancer Centers

St. Luke's Cancer Centers in Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania provide care to approximately 2,200 new patients each year, offering general cancer care as well as advanced programs for melanoma, lung, breast, prostate, gynecological and gastrointestinal cancers, and brain and spine tumors. St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network is building a new 48,000-square outpatient cancer center at the Richard A. Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township. This new center will open in January 2012.

About ArtsQuest

ArtsQuestTM, based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is dedicated to presenting music, arts, festivals, cultural experiences and educational and outreach programs that aid in economic development, urban revitalization and community enrichment. Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest®, and the Banana Factory® cultural arts and education center, ArtsQuest's programming reaches more than 1.3 million people annually.

About The Creative Center

The Creative Center, based in New York City, is a community of artists, cancer patients and survivors, trustees, donors, and friends who are dedicated to bringing creative arts to people living with cancer. They receive grant funding from the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

About LIVESTRONG

Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG is dedicated to providing the best direct services to people affected by cancer and encourages supporters to be actively involved in leading the unified LIVESTRONG movement against cancer.