The primary goal of Shattuck Partners is to support and provide programs that improve the quality of life of patients at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. Programs we have supported include:
Weekend poetry, art, open mic and songwriting programs engage patients with artists from the community in artist-guided workshops. These workshops can help patients connect with and communicate their own feelings more effectively through the process of creating art and poetry or expressing themselves in music and song. The artwork produced offers profound insights into the lives of these women and men who face so many challenges. Patients can experience better therapeutic outcomes when they are able to use their new skills and insights to better communicate with others.
Here are some booklets showcasing some of the art and poetry from our programs:
The hospital’s onsite gift shop is a program of Shattuck Partners and serves as an important vocational rehabilitation site for patients of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. The shop is frequented by patients, visitors, and hospital staff. Patients working in the gift shop receive real-world business experience and learn essential job skills with the help of a vocational coach. Shattuck Partners has also recently begun funding a life skills program on the public health units designed to assist patients in developing important skills in all aspects of their lives including employment and skills that will support it.
Shattuck Partners funds a variety of recreational opportunities for patients including movie nights, open mic nights, sports and game equipment and video/computer equipment and services. Group movie and open mic nights, held in a hospital common area, offer patients a healthy way to spend time and practice important life skills. Access to recreational equipment and technology gives patients positive, healthy options to spend time during their typically longer than average hospital stays. Watching TV or a movie in-room or on-unit is especially meaningful for those patients who are confined to their room or units.
Shattuck Partners supports programs that enhance and supplement the efforts of hospital staff to treat a challenging array of mental and physical health issues. Programs funded include a sensory modulation program which uses sensory equipment and supplies to engage patients on the mental health units in techniques for self-calming and stress management; treatment support for inpatients and outpatients being treated for tuberculosis; supplies for psychoeducational, social and other therapeutic groups on the public health units; and reading glasses for public health patients who require readers to understand written information pertinent to their healthcare and also to have a positive way to spend time by enjoying recreational reading.