STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Huntsville Hospital's newest exhibit helps reduce stress during coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus has forced a change in life for many, including those who can't practice social isolation, like medical workers.

Posted: Apr 16, 2020 9:39 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2020 10:59 PM

Huntsville Hospital staff members are facing enormous amounts of stress during the coronavirus crisis, but the hospital is doing what it can to address the mental health of staff members through an exhibit of positivity and inspiration, called Art of Hope. 

Until recently, a long hallway used frequently by medical workers inside the hospital was dull and boring. Now, it's filled with artwork and messages of hope, inspiration, and positivity from local artists, aimed at giving those on the front-lines some support.

"Walking down the hallway when the art was not there, it's just empty and lonely feeling and when you walk down there with the art now, it just gives it a different feel, it's a different environment," Melissa Lawson, the Arts and Medicine Coordinator at Huntsville Hospital said. 

Stress, anxiety, isolation are all at the forefront for many people. The coronavirus has forced a change in life for many, including those who can't practice social isolation, like medical workers. Lawson wanted to help reduce that stress for her team with an exhibit called Art of Hope. 

"I wanted something positive to enhance that environment for staff, right now we are not allowing visitors in the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions, so I wanted staff to be able to have something to have basically a pause in their day," Lawson said. 

There's no clear timeline of how long the coronavirus will impact our everyday lives, uncertainty of when what we called normal, returns. It's not money or supplies, but the stroke of a paintbrush that local artists are using to send messages of positivity. Lawson says she often sees staff members stopping in the hallway.

"We are definitely facing an unprecedented time right now, our staff is trained, highly skilled, highly trained, but this is just something to help them think about better days to come," Lawson said. 

Along with the painting, each artist added a quote or message of what hope means to them. Some of the artists are even related to hospital workers, doing what they can to help their family.

Huntsville
Few Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 72°
Florence
Few Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 72°
Fayetteville
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 70°
Decatur
Few Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 72°
Scottsboro
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 72°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 41362

Reported Deaths: 983
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson4802152
Montgomery3947103
Mobile3904134
Tuscaloosa218842
Marshall168010
Lee130237
Madison12717
Shelby117623
Morgan10475
Walker90524
Franklin87814
Dallas8689
Elmore86414
Baldwin8289
Etowah70713
DeKalb6945
Butler62328
Chambers61227
Tallapoosa58369
Autauga56012
Russell5190
Unassigned50323
Lauderdale4736
Limestone4660
Lowndes46321
Houston4614
Cullman4354
Pike4175
Colbert3836
Coffee3702
Bullock3679
St. Clair3472
Barbour3452
Covington3437
Escambia3326
Calhoun3225
Hale30621
Marengo30011
Talladega3007
Wilcox2898
Sumter28412
Clarke2726
Dale2680
Jackson2632
Winston2463
Monroe2312
Chilton2282
Blount2261
Pickens2226
Marion21413
Randolph2019
Conecuh1977
Choctaw19512
Bibb1861
Greene1838
Macon1819
Perry1621
Henry1313
Crenshaw1253
Lawrence1050
Washington1047
Cherokee857
Geneva780
Lamar751
Fayette671
Clay622
Coosa581
Cleburne361
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 48712

Reported Deaths: 633
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby11145197
Davidson10450118
Rutherford285435
Hamilton266533
Sumner155952
Trousdale14945
Williamson122614
Knox10865
Out of TN10657
Wilson89117
Putnam8537
Robertson81511
Sevier7683
Lake6910
Bradley6623
Tipton6335
Bledsoe6181
Unassigned5811
Bedford5455
Montgomery5347
Macon4363
Maury3263
Hardeman3255
Hamblen3144
Fayette3102
Madison2802
Loudon2771
Rhea2760
Dyer2401
McMinn22718
Cheatham2251
Blount2123
Dickson2010
Cumberland1784
Lawrence1526
Washington1420
Lauderdale1393
Monroe1376
Jefferson1250
Gibson1211
Coffee1170
Anderson1162
Obion1132
Smith1111
Sullivan1082
Hardin1047
Greene952
Haywood922
Cocke900
Franklin823
Wayne820
Marshall811
Hickman800
Warren720
Marion714
White703
McNairy680
Weakley631
Lincoln610
DeKalb600
Grundy591
Overton591
Roane590
Hawkins572
Carter561
Giles561
Unicoi550
Henry450
Campbell441
Carroll441
Henderson440
Polk440
Claiborne410
Grainger400
Johnson390
Cannon360
Crockett343
Meigs330
Perry330
Sequatchie330
Chester300
Humphreys271
Jackson260
Morgan251
Stewart230
Decatur220
Fentress220
Scott180
Clay160
Union160
Houston140
Benton131
Moore120
Van Buren80
Lewis60
Pickett60
Hancock30

 

 

Community Events