Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   162 reviews


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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Rating: 5 stars  

We often feel powerless when it comes to helping others. Sometimes we lack the means or simply don't know how.
I have found that it is the small things that often make the difference. Simple gestures we overlook and don't think about on a day to day basis.
For the ones who are lucky enough to go about the world and capture its beauty with a photo the Foundation offers the easiest way to share that moment with people who are less fortunate and dont have the same opportunity.
I am honoured my photo can be shared and hopefully bring some joy to anyone who sees it.

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My experience with few words: great, wonderful, super....and I could continue.

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What a great concept and program! Wonderful people utilizing all their resources to heal and help recovery of patients; what a godsend!

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1 person found this review helpful

Know that one of my images so 'as those of many other artists in the world can give a smile to those who are ill is something that fills me with pride.
A great compliment to Elaine Poggi and the founding Healing photo art, 'it was great to talk with her and I am grateful for the interest in my work.
Marco Ronconi, Italy

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What an amazing, inspiring, and professional foundation! Elaine Poggi is a poineering international leader with integrity, compassion, courage, and results.

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Surfing the internet i found this amazing foundation and when i read about "the mission " i wanted to be part of this amazing program. I am honour that one of my pictures was accepted and soon will be place in one of the hospitals. Thank you Elaine Poggi to make me part of your beautiful program. ICN

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I've seen and experienced first hand how this Foundation has touched hearts through its healing photo art. The positive effect the photos have on people in healthcare facilities is remarkable and I hope the Foundation can continue to spread nature's beauty and giving hope to all of those in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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9 people found this review helpful

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.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the beauty of giving

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About every six months

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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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