Foundation For Photo Art In Hospitals Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   129 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Health, Human Services

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

Mission: 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.
Results: We have placed over 4000 colorful photos in more than 250 facilities on 7 continents!
Target demographics: hospitals, healthcare facilities, hospices, clinics, nursing homes.
Geographic areas served: global
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 76-0720368
618 975 8545
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Rating: 5 stars  


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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Rating: 5 stars  

Jill DiSalvo asked me to post this for her... "We at the African Health and Hospital Foundation have been working with Healing Art Photography for several years now, including these wonderful photos with our shipments of equipment and supplies to hospitals in East Africa. Seeing the photos in the hospitals not only reassures us of the value of beauty in otherwise difficult facilities, but makes us proud that we contribute through Elaine to individual beautiful experiences of patients in dire need of medical and spiritual support. What a wonderful way to contribute to the happiness of people in a small but highly significant way!"

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Rating: 5 stars  

Elaine

Thank you so very much for all you have done with your amazing photography, dedication, and devotion to this good work.
I am beyond thrilled to have been a tiny part of your vision!
Many many heartfelt thanks for your inspiring service to others.

Dana Gilbert
Photographer
It's The Light Images

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Thanks so much, Dana, for your wonderful review. We are also thrilled to have you as one of our Contributing Photographers!

Rating: 5 stars  

I helped Elaine to donate in Sri Lanka at the Arachchikanda Hospital in Pathana Hikkaduwa. After four years, yesterday I was there to supervise and was surprised to see how doctors and patients are proud of her for the photos she donated there.
Very well done Elaine you are doing a fantastic job.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do no Change

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Thanks, Giuliana. So glad to hear that the photos in the hospital in Sri Lanka are helping the patients there. Thanks again for coordinating this project!

Rating: 5 stars  

From the simple desire to give comfort to her ailing mother, Elaine Poggi and her Foundation have, no doubt, brightened the lives of those who live, work and visit her participating venues. Such a simple idea--created for one, now available to thousands. Kudos to Elaine and all who work with her on this fabulous project.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

This is a wonderful project. I've been fortunate enough to donate my art to this foundation and they've handled all of the logistics of placing the art in hospitals in the far corners of the world that I will never get to visit. I love knowing that somewhere one of my pieces might be giving a brief moment of beauty and peace to busy, stressed people. I also like to know that an intimate view of my part of the world is being shared with people far away, and that they are only getting to experience that perspective because of the efforts of this foundation.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience while working with Elaine at The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals could only be described as truly positive! As a graphic designer living and working abroad, it was a pleasure to donate my time and effort towards a non-profit committed to improving the lives of patients in hospitals around the world. Now, back home in Canada, I hope to one day have the chance to work with the organization again... it was a blast. Thanks Elaine.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thanks Paul! You were a great help to me while you were in Florence. You taught me so much about Lightroom. And you started a new website for us. Thanks for the generosity of your time. I look forward to working with you again in the future. And it was a blast for me, too!!! All my best to you, Elaine

Rating: 5 stars  

Some of the photos were displayed in the hospital in Japan which have given good heeling to the patients. Many patients love them. Tommy Endo from Tokyo.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization's ability to bring beauty, peace and comfort to those in the midst of a trying time with health issues..is by far, one of the most necessary gifts, literally priceless, we can give. I was honored that a photo I took was sent to a clinic in a very rural, dire strait community, in another country. It filled my heart, knowing that any patient, under any circumstances, may fall upon that photo and find solace, in their need for strength, easing anxiety perhaps. This foundation is changing how we perceive a "medical" arena to be. May it continue to grow, for it's vital that we bring beauty, nature, art into such an environment that is trying to heal those in need. A vital tool for all our healthcare institutions, worldwide.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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