In 1997, Dr. J. Richard Gaintner became C.E.O. of Shands. No one understood more clearly that dwindling patient reimbursement dollars would put support programs, like Arts in Medicine, at risk.
Dr. Gaintner was a pioneer in medicine and in hospital administration. He and his wife, Sue, shared a vision of compassionate patient care which compelled them to establish the Gaintner Family Endowment for Arts in Medicine.
The focus of the endowment is singular – to provide financial support for artists whose commitment is to bring their creative talents to the bedside, providing relief and comfort to those suffering through serious illness.
Click here to give to the Gaintner Family Endowment.
The greatest gift that UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine can give families is the gift of art during their most challenging life experiences. Recently two extraordinary families have setup memorial gifts in memory of their beautiful children as a way of giving back to AIM. We are deeply humbled and grateful to these families.
Music in Medicine Fund
Every day at UF Health, professional musicians trained to work in the healthcare setting impact the lives of our patients and staff by delivering live music at the bedside and in public spaces. In addition, these musicians participate in clinical research examining the efficacy and power of music to impact how care is delivered, and how wellness is perceived. They provide mentorship for student musicians preparing to do this work in other hospitals and communities. The Music in Medicine fund was created to help ensure a solid funding base to support the work of these talented artists. Click here to read more about the fund’s inception.
To give to the Music in Medicine Fund, click here.