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Foundation For Photo Art In Hospitals Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   134 reviews 8,995

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Health, Human Services


4909 Laclede Avenue, Unit 1704 St. Louis MO 63108 USA


The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is a non-profit publicly supported organization dedicated to placing colorful, soothing photographs of nature in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors, and caregivers. Our vision is to create a shift in the way people view hospitals, from cold and sterile to warm and welcoming. We wish to change hospitals by humanizing their environments, a concept that is slowly gaining influence in many countries.


We have placed over 5000 colorful photos in more than 300 facilities on 7 continents!

Target demographics:

hospitals, healthcare facilities, hospices, clinics, nursing homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

placed 522 photographs in 30 facilities around the world

Geographic areas served:



photo art projects for various units in healthcare facilities

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This foundation is as inspirational as the photos they provide. Thank- you for all that you do!!!

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The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, Inc. is a wonderful, non-profit organization dedicated to the act of healing through the use of visual art. Healing is not just a physical process but also involves mental quality / state of mind for the patient, family and caregiver. Visual art stirs emotion, and in the case of this organization, in a positive, relaxing, and therapeutic medicinal purpose. The art that is chosen by the foundation not only depicts a soothing and restorative sense, but can rebuild a peaceful recovery. By placing art in facilities world-wide, not fortunate enough to obtain art on their own, the foundation can help heal those who would not be able to have a tranquil and serene environment to begin or complete their recover. I am truly grateful to able to say that I belong to such a great establishment and hope that if my art helps just one person mend I have been blessed. Michele G.

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I first heard of the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, Inc. via LinkedIn. I am so impressed with their mission that I became a contributing photographer. Their work is admirable.

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The Foundation brings hope in countless hospitals around the world. It does it with grace and without judgment.
I have been a volunteer photographer since 2008 and I had the honor to witness the growing success of the and the incredible impact of the Foundation. It made me proud and passionate supporter, year after year, and I am sure the future will bring even more fulfillment.
Greg Salvatori

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Working and contributing with the Foundation is a priceless experience. I am honoured to be a tiny tiny part of a process that help people feel better while they are experiencing a very difficult moment of their lives. Part of the beauty of the Foundation is the fact that it was born on empathy for the other and real life experience. If one stops for a moment and imagines the patient condition inside a hospital, one realizes that a patient's mood is a crucial factor. The Foundation lifts that mood in a delicate and unpretentious way, using beauty as a medicine.

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I discovered the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals through a fellow photographer friend on Facebook. I was very excited to have found an organization where I could donate my photography artwork that would benefit a lot of people in a much needed area such as a hospital. Can you imagine being very ill and looking up and seeing a gorgeous photograph that is soothing, relaxing and peaceful? It would have to put a smile on a face.

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Thanks, Laura, for you great review and for the lovely photo that you donated to the Foundation! I appreciate your enthusiasm and support!

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I was so excited to find this organization. Donating photographs to a hospital or hospice is very much needed. I can say this as a patient, as a volunteer at a hospital, and as a family member visiting a sick patient.

At age five, I was rushed to the emergency room at White Plains hospital. I was there for one week, and then was transferred to North Shore - LIJ hospital. I found this experience to be noisy, stressful, cold, sterile, and full of unwanted needle-pricks not to mention a spinal tap.

As a result, these two weeks felt like two months to me. There were no beautiful photographs to view. There was nothing to bring me joy there. My mom slept in a cot by my bed. My dad visited every day. I think this experience may have been tough for them to bear.

As a hospital volunteer, I found Saint Agnes hospital in White Plains to be very sterile. Patients did not have any nature scenes to look at.

When my grandparents were hospitalized at the end of their lives, I wish that they could have viewed peaceful pictures of nature scenes.

I am an amateur photographer and look forward to contributing more photographs to this organization.

I think that the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals provides a necessary service to patients, and also improves the environment for visitors and staff.

Thank you for all of the work you do.
Deborah I. Blum

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Thank you, Deborah, for this wonderful review. I am so happy to have you as one of our Contributing Photographers! I'm sure your lovely photo will bring smiles to many people! All my best, Elaine

Rating: 5 stars  

The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals does tremendous work. Research has shown that views of nature can help patients heal faster, require less pain medication, reduce perceived waiting times, etc. By providing these views in the form of nature photography does a great service to patients and families in hospitals that may not otherwise have the means to supply this valuable resource.

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I am an individual who has contributed photography to this wonderful organization. I believe their vision makes a huge difference in patient comfort and attitude! As a person who has had 4 surgeries in the last 10 years, I would have loved to see artwork like this in the hallways of the hospitals where I stayed!

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I am honored to be a donor as a cancer survivor. These beautiful photos are in both St. Louis & Palm beach where I took my chemo treatments. Friends made donations to the foundation in my name for which I am grateful. Looking at these soothing photos gave me hope during the chemo. Congratulations to Elaine who has since asked me to serve on her board. I wish her continued success. Lotsie Holton

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Thanks, Lotsie, for your kind words! We are fortunate to have you on our Board of Directors and also to have your lovely photo in our collection! Best, Elaine

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This is a review by one of our Contributing Photographers who asked me to post her review... "Elaine Poggi's vision, leadership and accomplishments in bringing healing art to hospitals are extraordinary. The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals has clearly touched the lives of thousands of people around the world. As a Contributing Photographer to the Foundation, it is a privilege to be even a small part of a grand work.

With all good wishes,
Roberta London

Roberta London

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This is a review from a hospital administrator from India... Dear Ms. Elaine Poggi,
Greetings from KISES(Kiranmayi Socio Educational Society) INDIA.
It is great pleasure to make a comment about your organisaiton and your work. since we have been associated with for the last 5 years we have noticed a tremendous work done through yours and personally we have also received your service like you have sent the photo gallery of few photo frames which were fitted in our health centre for the early recovery of the patients. Indeed it was as useful as the patients were got relaxed by witnessing the photos which were sent by you. She is continues searching for us our KISES health centre for medicines, medical equipments, maintenance and running costs etc., for our India poor people through her 500 friends by the way of her face book, since we have association with you the work done by you and through your society rendering service is an excellent and tremendous and we hope and wish the same can continue even in the future by supporting the small organisations like us, which will help to elevate the revive of arts and culture.
We wish you all the best
With Kind Regards
Mr. & Mrs. Suram

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