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Literature & Medicine

A reading and discussion program for health care professionals.


Meghan Reedy
Program Officer
(207) 773-5051



Literature & Medicine partners and hospitals since 1997

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ARIZONA: Arizona Humanities Council (Partner since 2007)

  • Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa
  • Carl T. Hayden VA Hospital, Phoenix
  • North Country Community Health Center, Flagstaff
  • Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix
  • University of Arizona Medical Center- Family Medical Department, Tucson

CALIFORNIA: California Council for the Humanities (Partner since 2009)

  • VA Northern California Health Care System, Sacramento
  • VA Central California Healthcare System, Fresno
  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto

CONNECTICUT: Connecticut Humanities Council (Partner since 2005)

  • Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport
  • Danbury Hospital, Danbury
  • University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington
  • University of Connecticut Medical School, Farmington

DELAWARE: Delaware Humanities Council (Partner since 2007)

  •  Christiana Care Health System, Newark
  • [Wilmington Hospital, Christiana Hospital]
  • BayHealth, Dover

FLORIDA: Florida Humanities Council (Partner since 2007)

  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Hollywood
  • Memorial Hospital Miramar, Miramar
  • Memorial Hospital West, Pembroke Pines
  • Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota

HAWAI’I: Hawai’i Council for the Humanities (Partner since 2007)

  • Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu
  • Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health, Ewa Beach
  • The Queens Medical Center, Honolulu

ILLINOIS: Illinois Humanities Council (Partner since 2003)

  • Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield
  • Edward Hines Jr VA Hospital, Chicago Illinois
  • John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago
  • Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb
  • Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center, Glenview
  • Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

MAINE: Maine Humanities Council (Developed program in 1997)

  • Blue Hill Hospital
  • Bridgton Hospital
  • Cary Medical Center, Caribou
  • Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor
  • Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington
  • Frannie Peabody Center, Portland
  • HealthReach Homecare & Hospice, Waterville & Augusta
  • Inland Hospital, Waterville
  • Islands Community Medical Center, Vinalhaven
  • Henrietta D. Goodall Hospital, Sanford
  • Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth
  • Maine General Medical Center, Augusta
  • Maine Medical Center, Portland
  • Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft
  • Mercy Hospital, Portland
  • MidCoast Hospital, Brunswick
  • Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor
  • Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockport
  • Redington-Fairview General Hospital, Skowhegan
  • St. Andrew’s Hospital, Boothbay
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor
  • St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Lewiston
  • Sebasticook Valley Hospital, Pittsfield
  • Spring Harbor Hospital, Westbrook
  • Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford
  • Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway
  • Sweetser Family Services, Brunswick
  • Togus VA Medical Center, Togus
  • Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast
  • York Hospital, York

MARYLAND: Maryland Humanities Council (Partner since 2005)

  • Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Howard County General Hospital, Columbia
  • Kennedy-Krieger Institute, Baltimore
  • Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore
  • Union Hospital, Elkton
  • VA Maryland Health Care System, Perry Point
  • VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore

MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (Partner since 2003)

  • Baystate Health Systems
  • Baystate Medical Center, Springfield
  • Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge
  • Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • Faulkner Hospital, Boston
  • Lahey Clinic, Burlington
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton
  • Northampton VA Medical Center, Leeds
  • Mass General Hospital (John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation), Boston
  • St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Boston
  • Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston
  • UMass Memorial Health Care Center and UMass Medical School, Worcester
  • VA Medical Center, Leeds

MISSOURI: Missouri Humanities Council (Partner since 2008)

  • Kansas City VA Medical Center
  • Saint Louis University Hospital Center
  • Saint Luke’s Health Care System
  • St. Louis VA Medical Center, St. Louis
  • Saint Lukes Hospital: Health Science Library, Kansas City
  • University of Missouri Health Care Center, Columbia

MONTANA: Montana Committee for the Humanities (Partner since 2005)

  • Barrett Medical Center, Dillon
  • Clark Fork Valley Hospital, Plains
  • St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center, Missoula

NEBRASKA: Nebraska Humanities Council (Partner since 2006)

  • Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha

NEVADA: Nevada Humanities (Partner since 2009)

  • Renown Regional Medical Center and the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno
  • VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, Reno
  • Williams Bee Ririe Hospital, Ely

NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire Humanities Council (Partner since 1999)

  • Avis Goodwin Community Health Care, Dover
  • Catholic Medical Center, Manchester
  • Concord Hospital, Concord
  • Cottage Hospital, Woodsville
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon
  • Home Health and Hospice Care, Merrimack
  • Innisfree Cancer Help, Concord & Laconia
  • Kendal at Hanover Retirement Community, Hanover
  • Kimball House at the Capital Center, Concord
  • Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia
  • Littleton Regional Hospital, Littleton
  • Monadnock Community Hospital, Peterborough
  • Parkland Medical Center, Derry
  • Seacoast Hospice, Exeter
  • Seacoast AIDS Response, Newington
  • Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua
  • New Hampshire State Hospital, Concord

NEW JERSEY: New Jersey Council for the Humanities (Partner since 2005)

  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Pomona
  • Atlantic City Medical Center, Atlantic City/ Pomona
  • The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • Cooper University Hospital, Camden
  • Mountainside Hospital, Montclair
  • Overlook Hospital, Summit
  • The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine at UMDNJ-NJMS, Newark
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark
  • VA Health System New Jersey, Lyons/East Orange

NEW YORK: New York Council for the Humanities (Partner since 2009)

  • Northport VA Medical Center, Northport
  • VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Manhattan

NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina Humanities Council (Partner since 2004)

  • Wesley Long Community Hospital, Greensboro
  • Durham VA Medical Center, Durham
  • Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville
  • Randolph Hospital, Asheboro

OHIO: Ohio Humanities Council (Partner since 2008)

  • Nisonger Center at the Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus
  • Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland

OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma Humanities Council (Partner since 2011)


RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities (Partner since 2003)

  • Child & Family Services, Newport
  • Kent County Hospital, Warwick
  • Neighborhood Community Health Plan of Rhode Island, statewide
  • South County Hospital, Wakefield
  • Women & Infants Hospital, Providence
  • Veterans Administration Hospital, Providence

SOUTH CAROLINA: The Humanities Council of South Carolina (Partner since 2005)

  • Columbia Area Mental Health Center, Columbia
  • Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
  • Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston
  • Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals, Columbia
  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
  • Veterans Administration Hospital, Charleston

SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota Humanities Council (Partner since 2009)

  • Black Hills VA Medical Center, Fort Meade
  • Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, Sioux Falls

UTAH: Utah Humanities Council (Partner since 2003)

  • LDS Hospital and University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City

VERMONT: Vermont Humanities Council (Partner since 2003)

  • Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brattleboro
  • Copley Hospital, Morrisville
  • Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin
  • Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington
  • Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington
  • Gifford Medical Center, Randolph
  • Grace Cottage Hospital, Townshend
  • North Country Health System, Newport
  • Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, St. Johnsbury
  • Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans
  • Porter Medical Center, Middlebury
  • Rutland Regional Medical Center
  • Springfield Hospital
  • VA Medical and Regional Office Center, White River Junction
  • Vermont State Hospital, Waterbury

VIRGINIA: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (Partner since 2007)

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church

ARGENTINA: (Partner since 2009)

  • Clinica del Sol ­ Bazterrica, Buenos Aires
  • Clinica Santa Isabel, Buenos Aires
  • Diagnostico Medico, Buenos Aires
  • Hospital Bonorino Udaondo, Buenos Aires
  • Hospital Erill, Buenos Aires
  • Hospital General de Agudos Carlos G. Durand, Buenos Aires
  • Hospital Penna, Buenos Aires
  • Pallium Latinoamerica, Buenos Aires
  • Sanatorio de la Trinidad, Buenos Aires
  • Sanatorio San Jose, Buenos Aires
  • Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Buenos Aires


  • “This helped foster communication across the hierarchy of medical culture, which was great and much needed.”


  • "The book group was an excellent opportunity to come together as a staff
    and talk about issues of concern that we don't often get an opportunity
    during school-sponsored workshops to discuss."


  • "I found myself feeling better connected to the day to day issues
    affecting the many young people I have had the good fortune to teach."


  • “I am amazed by how differently we read these books. It makes me wonder how differently we hear our patients’ stories. And how our patients perceive us.”


  • “I now think about what people are feeling when they approach my desk, and I am more conscious of the fact that I am the first person they speak to when they come to the hospital.”

    -Hospital Receptionist

  • “I always knew my role [as a nurse] was valuable, but I think I more fully understand how far-reaching that can be. I have learned how important it is to listen to each individual, to hear what their need is and also to hear the needs of the extended family."


  • "Our staff is often without opportunities to have deep, professional
    discussions outside of our departments. This is such a shame. This
    experience was a chance to know and share time with colleagues who I don't
    often see or spend time with. There is one colleague who I have had some
    trouble with... we have very different outlooks. I have come to understand
    a bit more about where she is coming from, which has encouraged me to seek
    her out on a couple of occasions to check in informally. I have felt
    better about this relationship, and I believe that the exposure through
    this group has been what has sparked a change."


  • “The program helps me reaffirm the need to attempt to bring a supportive healing attitude to my work area.”


  • “I joined this group due to burnout. Burnout is not about waiting until you feel like you can’t do your job—it’s constantly asking yourself what you are doing and feeling and helping prevent burnout from occurring by paying attention every day, not waiting until too late.”


Funded By:

The Hospice Fund and the Welch Charitable Fund

at the Maine Community Foundation

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