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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 almost 6000 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: global
Programs: photo art projects for various units in healthcare facilities
As a contributing photographer to the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, I'm acutely aware of the impact that nature photography can have on those in severely stressful situations. Originally, I was inspired to become a contributing photographer by my aunt, who revered nature, yet was mobility impaired and chronically ill; my focus became nature photography for healthcare settings to alleviate the stress of patients, their families and caregivers, and help improve patient outcomes in clinical settings. Very recently, this focus has become particularly personal for me, having been recently diagnosed with, and undergoing treatment for breast cancer. As a patient with multiple visits to clinical settings in any given week, artwork and nature scenes have a particularly calming impact.
With many healthcare facilities lacking an artwork budget, the foundation places artwork in facilities all over the world.