Lakewood hospital uses graffiti to heal souls

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by JANET KIM / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 6:32 PM

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Hospitals aren't always a place people look forward to going, and it's why St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood is taking a unique approach to its hospital expansion.
 
At faith-based hospitals like St. Clare, those who work here believe healing will come from more than just medicine.

"It’s not just curing. We know that we can’t cure everyone through the medical process," said Dianna Kielian, Senior Vice President of Mission Franciscan Health System.
 
The hospital staff and local clergy are now turning to the walls and filling them up with scriptures and messages of hope, faith and love.

"This has just been something that people have dreamt about for a long time," said Art Ricketts, St. Clare's Facilities Services Manager.
  
While the walls will eventually be covered up, the remedies written just behind them won't be for the body, but the soul.

"We believe they will all permeate out. I know in the other hospitals, patients will touch the walls and get the strength," said St. Clare Hospital President Kathy Bressler.

Construction on the new chapel is expected to wrap up by July 2014.
 
 

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