What They Tell Us:

A few kind words and comments about Seewall Child:

kids cleaned upOn behalf of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and the Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Competition, we are delighted to inform you that the Seewall Child projects  for the MUSC Children’s Hospital in Charleston, SC has been chosen for the award.
The review panel felt that Seewall Child represents one of the most innovative arts projects demonstrating compelling impact on the quality of the healthcare experience for patients, their families and caregivers.


The Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital
Charleston, South Carolina
Vivid images of a virtual aquarium engage and soothe children, families, and visitors.
The Seewall project at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital provides pediatric patients with beautiful and interesting distractions from their worries and their pain.
As John Sanders, administrator of MUSC Children’s Hospital, has said, “The Seewall is a pioneer in this arena, thus allowing us to best meet the needs of our vulnerable patients. As we expand the applications of the Seewall, we foresee additional future promise. The Seewall will function as a powerful adjunct in reducing pain and anxiety in children with both acute and chronic painful conditions.”
“The Seewall looks great! I have seen so many kids, and adults/ employees, watching in awe and interacting with it. They are loving it and us too.” – Lisa McKellar, Manager, Pediatric Diagnostics and Therapeutic Services Division of PediatricCardiology

“When I got to the lobby I found not only a pediatric patient and his mom enjoying the art and music, but an adult patient who was completely relaxed by what he was seeing and hearing. Everyone is raving about it! Thank you for adding such beauty and peace to our lobby.” – Christine Messick, MUSC Children’s Hospital Volunteer Program.

SINGLESeewall’s art and technology multimedia display, with moving images of fish and sea-life at the (MUSC) where administrators believe that the audiovisual components of the Seewall act as an adjunct to medical therapies to alleviate pain, anxiety and stress associated with painful procedures. Evaluation response to the initial installations has been overwhelmingly positive.

I am writing this letter of recommendation for Olga Stamatiou and the folks at SEEWALL who have made a huge impact on the experience of our pediatric patients and their families as they wait for x-ray, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and other imaging procedures in the Pediatric Radiology department @ MUSC. When we were planning a “facelift” for our portion of the radiology department, SEEWALL designed and constructed an interactive wall unit with streaming video and touch screen to fit our waiting room. Every time I walk by our waiting area there are several kids (and their parents) playing with the touch screen. The kids are having fun while learning, and best of all, are relieved of the anxiety which a trip to the hospital invariably brings. I cannot tell you how many hospital employees, including resident physicians and faculty, have stopped by and raved about our “SEEWALL.” Our departmental chairman was so impressed we had an additional interactive unit inserted in the pediatric CT/MR waiting area when it was recently upgraded. SEEWALL STUDIOS has also worked with us to develop beautiful art work for our walls and signage to enhance the aesthetics of the hallways of the pediatric radiology section.

In addition to developing outstanding products, the SEEWALL people are a pleasure to work with. In all my interactions, they have been compassionate, enthusiastic, punctual, and always responsive to our needs and input while being very creative. I enthusiastically recommend SEEWALL to you. I’d like to invite you to come visit our department and waiting area to see the SEEWALL in action. If I may be of any further help on SEEWALLS behalf, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Jeanne G. Hill, M.D.
Associate Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics
Division Chief, Pediatric Radiology
Medical University of South Carolina
169 Ashley Avenue
PO Box 250322
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: 843-792-7989 E-mail: hillj@musc.edu


Olga and Seewall Child,
I wanted you to know that the Hyundai people really like the Seewall.
We toured them this morning. The best news is this.

MOBL_SWsmWe had the portable unit in the lobby for the Hyundai people to see.
We had just brought it back to my office and we got a call from the
Pediatric Cardiac intensive care unit. They wanted to know if they
could use it with a five year old child who had a heart transplant last
night. He had been on a Berlin heart for a week waiting. I set it up
in his room and both he and the parents were just amazed. The staff
love it and it will stay down there for a while. You have made a
huge difference for us and these children. Thanks!

John M. Sanders

MUSC Children’s Hospital

seewall image 1The partnership between the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Hospital and SEEWALL has resulted in an innovative, original way to provide comfort to children and their families during a stressful time. The audiovisual components assist in distraction during painful procedures. The Seewall acts as an adjunct to medical therapies to treat the pain, anxiety and stress associated with painful procedures. This inventive method of distraction provides soothing music and vivid pictures of an aquarium setting to spark the spirit of inquiry while providing as a passive means of diversion from their environment which is often frightening.
The Seewall provides our staff with another tool at their disposal to provide optimal care for a vulnerable population who can not often cognitively or verbally tell us of their thoughts. Children receiving intravenous lines for surgery, dressing changes to their badly burned body or undergoing other invasive procedures are delighted by the imaginative scenes on the Seewall with an escape from the procedure.
The Seewall has been an asset to the MUSC Children’s Hospital, resulting in an imaginative and unprecedented device to alleviate pain and anxiety in children. We believe that a multi-modal approach provides the best outcomes for pediatric patients and the Seewall contributes to this method by stimulating the auditory and visual senses; sparking the imagination of pediatric patients.

Sheri G. Stewart, MSN, RN-BC
Medical University of South Carolina
Pediatric Pain Management Coordinator stewars@musc.edu
Evaluation: Describe the evaluation process; the results of the project;
Sheri G. Stewart, MSN, RN-BC

MUSC IMG_2307 RESIZEPain in infants and children is a complex, multifaceted experience, which requires a multi-modal approach to optimally treat pain. The innovative audiovisual presentation provided by the Seewall allows for a passive approach to alleviate procedural pain in children. Research demonstrates the validity of distraction in reducing procedural pain scores as well as behavioral distress and is correlated with increased patient and family satisfaction. The Seewall contributes to a child friendly environment that facilitates a decrease in anxiety and fear related to the hospital setting.
The Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (2004) recommends the use of distraction in environments where painful procedures are performed, stating “nonpharmacologic or stress management and emotional support are essential to providing a comfortable environment for the child.” The Seewall is a pioneer in this arena, thus allowing us to best meet the needs of our vulnerable patients. As we expand the applications of the Seewall, we foresee additional future promise here at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. The Seewall will function as a powerful adjunct in reducing pain and anxiety in children with both acute and chronic painful conditions.

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CAPA“What’s so wonderful is watching the children interact with it,” said Elizabeth Hocker of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children Center, the center’s executive director. “It helps add to the ambiance of a place that’s safe and secure and very, very happy. It also provides a lot of calming influence for the parents.” Seawalls units are built and installed by Seewall Child, an organization based in Beaufort SC that uses the power of art to transform the human spirit.”



celebrationWalking into Beaufort Memorial Hospital is different lately— better, according to Chris Neitert, occupational therapist and program coordinator of PATH (Partners in the Arts Toward Healing). The first thing you see as you enter the lobby is no longer a print, a television or a wall painted that instantly recognizable “hospital white.” Instead, you see a huge screen, flanked by jewel-toned oil paintings of underwater scenes, where video images of ocean plants and tropical fish glimmer and glide, their movements subtly choreographed to the strains of Mozart or Vivaldi. The “Seewall” display.


SEEWALL IMAGE 6Hyundai brings Family Circle Cup athletes for pit stop at Children’s Hospital
Hope on Wheels brings the personal triumphs, big and small, of each patient to other children across the country, because the company also believes that one child’s milestone can be another’s symbol of hope. As part of its commitment, Hyundai is donating $10,000 to the Children’s Hospital’s unique aquatic Seewall project. For more information, visit www.hyundaihopeonwheels.com.



STANDUPSTANDOUTSTANDINGDiane Young, Beaufort Memorial’s Surgical Service Concierge, appreciates the Seewall’s impact on patients and visitors alike. “It has a calming effect on almost everyone entering our lobby. The children are amazed. We have had nothing but praise. It’s absolutely awesome”.

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