What We Do

In partnership with Santa Clara County’s Valley Medical Center (VMC), the VMC Foundation, and several key cultural institutions, designers, and artists, SVCREATES is infusing arts and creativity into an existing 300,000-square-foot hospital wing at VMC and co-creating San Jose’s first Women and Children’s Center. We are using a “community barn raising” approach to raising funds, designing artful, creative and interactive spaces, harnessing local talent and resources, showcasing cultural institutions, and demonstrating the healing power of the arts.

Who We Serve

As Silicon Valley’s only “safety net” hospital, these transformed spaces and upgraded services, once completed, will serve some of the poorest women, children, and families in Santa Clara County. Along with serving the annual patient population of 450,000, this project will support VMC’s exemplary staff of doctors, nurses, and support workers. This project also serves participating artists and cultural institutions by demonstrating their value to the healing process, showcasing their designs and artworks, and connecting them to our community in a meaningful way.

Why It’s Important

The Women and Children’s Center is critical for plans to improve access and outcomes of care for those most in need. Research shows that patients and their families do better in a hospital setting with inviting spaces, creative activities, natural light, access to outside areas, and warm colors. The transformation of these spaces and services replaces fear and anxiety with wonder and joy, aids the healing process, builds community, and creates a sense of place.

What’s Been Done

  • The Women and Children’s Center at VMC received $5.75 million towards the launch of a campaign to raise $25 million, and has since raised an additional $4 million.
  • An architect has been hired and project partners have been secured.
  • An NEA Grant was received for two unique artist in residency programs tied to the project.
  • Staff advisory committees, facility staff, the architects and SVCREATES are working on plans for all the floors.

What’s Next

Plans have begun in earnest for the 5th floor. This conceptual vision was developed in conjunction with the 5th floor staff advisory group at VMC. Incorporating a children’s library, family lounges, interactive exhibits and play areas, these unique spaces will allow families and patients on the pediatric floor to gather, encourage children to play, and explore participatory exhibits that engage patients and visitors in fun and learning.

A major public art project for the facade has also been initiated. And 4th Floor plans are also beginning to be developed along with concepts for the other floors.

Learn More

For additional details about this initiative, visit the Imagine VMC website.