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Artist Access

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Contact Info
  1. Phone : 1-877-244-5600
  2. Alt Phone : 1-718-630-3069
Primary Contact
Amy Duquette, ATR-BC, LCAT

The Artist Access program, at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, provides uninsured artists the option to exchange creative services for medical care. The artists enrolled in the program are offered a range of comprehensive services including doctor visits, hospitalizations, emergency care, medical and surgical procedures, prescriptions, MRI and ambulatory surgery, at any hospital or clinic within the North Brooklyn Health Network. For more info: 718-630-3069

The artists are provided services on a fee-scaled basis, based on individual income. The amount ranges from $15- $60 per visit. The artist can either pay the fee-scale amount or elect to earn credits with artistic services/performances to "pay" off the medical service fees. Each hour of service/performance is equal to 40 credits that can be used immediately or banked for future use.

Artists include musicians who perform for staff and patients, actors that role-play with medical residents as they practice communicating difficult news to patients and their families, and yoga-certified teachers who instruct staff and teach breathing techniques to patients in the waiting room of the cancer clinic. We also have artists who make art with children in the pediatric unit, dancers that teach children with diabetes how exercise can be fun, and photographers who take pictures of new born babies for their parents.