The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is a one-of-a-kind cancer center in the greater Omaha area! This hospital is at the forefront of cancer treatment and unique patient care and healing. The right hospital designs can help patients in a number of ways. Are there benefits to this holistic approach to helping patients heal in hospitals?

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

The leaders at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center understand that each patient is unique and their care needs to match this to make them as comfortable as possible while keeping them informed. The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center brings patients and research together to help cancer prevention. The center works to understand cancer each and everyday and fights to find a cure for patients everywhere.  

A part of this research process is finding the best methods that allow patients to heal faster and better. Research shows that artwork in hospitals and outside healing spaces, known as healing gardens, help a patient heal faster. How is this possible? These spaces help relief symptoms, reduce stress and improve their overall sense of wellbeing.

After being stuck in a hospital bed for days, weeks or months, getting outside or viewing artwork helps a patient.

Healing arts program

The cancer center understands that healing is more than just medicine and treatments. It also involves the arts. This is why the cancer center has created environments that help support and comfort patients, loved ones, medical staff and others who inhabit the center. The purpose of the healing arts program is to help reduce pain perception, anxiety, stress, loneliness and depression with positive and new insights once visiting these exhibits inside the hospital.

These are the following programs in place:

  • Therapeutic art and music programs
  • Diverse art collection
  • Search tower
  • Healing garden
  • Chihuly Sanctuary

The benefits of artwork

In a recent research study, one hospital put up artwork inside patient rooms and throughout the hospital. The goal was to see if it would directly affect the patients. The results: that the artwork had a positive effect on the patients during their stay.

The patients confirmed to have an enhanced quality and satisfaction during their stay. The patients explained that it helped their mindset and kept them connected to the outside world!

The search tower

The search tower has been provided through a donation on benefit of the healing arts program. The owner of KANeKO institution designed the search tower around four major themes:

  • Design
  • Ideas
  • Performance
  • Innovation

The search tower is 75 feet high glass tower that is made out of hand blown stained glass with beautiful colors and opaque flash onto the safety glass panels. Kaneko’s inspiration for this massive and beautiful tower was positivity for everyone who comes into the cancer center. The tower is lit every night!

The benefits of music therapy

Music therapy is another common holistic approach conducted at the cancer center. A music therapist understands that certain songs and sounds will affect patients in certain emotional and physical ways. Music therapy has been used in a number of different patients with chronic pain to cancer. The overall benefits is it helps reduce stress, anxiety, relieves nausea and vomiting, helps with acute and chronic pain and helps assist communication and so much more!

The benefits of healing gardens

On a beautiful day, it’s perfect for patients, healthcare staff or family members to stop and visit Leslie’s Healing Garden at the center. The inspiration behind the garden comes Marshall and Mona Faith. The Faith’s wanted the garden to be a place for anyone going through treatment to get away from the hospital day-to-day and have a place to be outside.

The healing garden offers a labyrinth, outside seating and an abundance of flowers. This garden can help patients turn a number of emotional and physiological issues into a positive ones. An outside healing garden can help speed up the process of healing as well. Now, the Midwestern weather might not permit patients and others to go outside but this is where the Chihuly Sanctuary is perfect.

An inside healing garden with blown glass that represents flowers and other outside features. It’s all about bringing the outside inside for the patients during those cold temperatures and for patients who can’t go outside due to treatment and illnesses.

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is a one of a kind treatment center in our city. The center will be holding tours of the holistic healing centers starting October 20th until November 17th! Go check it out and see this amazing hospital.


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