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Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital's Art Ability preview event nets over $325,000

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital November 20, 2019 News Releases

Main Line Health’s Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital launched its 24th annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale with an opening Preview Event on Saturday, November 2. More than 500 attendees enjoyed the creative works of 185 artists with physical, cognitive, and visual disabilities.

The 24th Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale features over 450 works of art by artists from 31 states and three countries in such mediums as jewelry and fine crafts, sculpture, mixed media and photography as well as works on canvas and paper. During the event, guests mingled with exhibiting artists and purchased a variety of unique, one-of-a-kind works throughout the evening. This year’s featured artist, Carol Spiker of Wilmington, DE, was paralyzed as a result of a serious car accident, but considers herself one of the lucky ones, and art has become a driving force in her life, a focus that has sharpened even more after her accident.

“Art provides therapy in so many ways,” said Gaby Heit, Art Ability curator. “Our exhibiting artists find therapy in their studio practice, and the art gallery experience at Bryn Mawr Rehab is very uplifting and therapeutic for our patients. With the diversity and number of artwork on display, it is quite an impressive collection.”

The program supports Main Line Health’s mission and vision and provides advocacy for artists with disabilities by advancing their artistic and financial success.

For the third year, the event also included a dinner and auction, which was attended by 300 guests. Following an inspiring story by patient Alexandria Warner and her mother, Sue Levy Giles, guests generously contributed $122,850 in support of two specialized pieces of therapy equipment.

The 12-week exhibition is free and open daily to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm through January 2020. All works are for sale, and a percentage of the funds raised through the sale of artwork supports Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s nationally-recognized rehabilitation programs while 80 percent of the sale goes directly to the artist. To view and purchase art, please visit bidpal.net/artability19.

In addition to the 12-week annual exhibition, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, has a permanent collection of more than 400 pieces of artwork on display throughout the year. “Every day, our clinicians incorporate Art Ability into their treatment plans, challenging and inspiring our patients to stretch beyond their limitations and achieve their goals. I am so very proud of this program, what is has achieved, and what the future holds,” commented Donna Phillips, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital president.

The success of 2019 Art Ability Preview Event is thanks to the outstanding work of the hospital’s Foundation Board, along with many philanthropic partners and donors. Dollars raised not only support the goals and mission of the Art Ability program, but other top priorities within the hospital. For more information about Art Ability, including group tours, please contact 484.596.5614 or visit mainlinehealth.org/artability.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health's commitment—to deliver advanced medicine for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to be the region's premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 10,000 employees, 3,000 nurses and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health System.

At Main Line Health's core are four of the region's most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation's premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region's largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care, and service, including U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, System Magnet® designation; the nation's highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has embraced the American Hospital Association's #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education, and research to help patients stay healthy and live their best lives.

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About Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, part of Main Line Health, is a leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The 148-bed, not-for-profit hospital offers the full continuum of rehabilitation services, including acute inpatient care, as well as outpatient services for adults and adolescents. The hospital received Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, and is accredited by the Joint Commission; is designated as a NICHE facility and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital treats patients with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurological disorders, traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury, amputations, and orthopaedic injuries. Bryn Mawr Rehab Outpatient Network treats individuals with a wide range of conditions and injuries from brain injury, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease to concussions, pelvic floor disorders and lymphedema. Our outpatient rehabilitation services are conveniently located throughout the western suburbs of Philadelphia.