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Causes: Arts & Culture, Health, Hospitals, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were thrilled with our beautiful photographic artwork we received from The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. All of the pictures were so beautiful, it was hard to choose a select few for our department! Patients love looking at them! Many thanks for these beautiful additions to our facility!!

Specialty Services Department
Marshall Browning Hospital Du Quoin, IL

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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
Thanks
With Kind Regards
Mr. & Mrs. Suram
KISES

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Rita Jane Johnson. I live in Sparta, Il., and I want to comment about the art placed in the Sparta Community Hospital, Barnes Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, and in The Center for Advanced Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. These places have beautiful framed photos of nature hanging on walls which were placed there by The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. These photos bring life into the sight of people who are going through trouble and problems. The photos change the atmosphere to bright & cheerful in waiting rooms where patients & their families need help. I personally am thankful for these photos and how they encourage & lift the spirits of everyone who looks at them. Elaine Poggi deserves recognition for her dedication to The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals.

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 08/12/2014

Thanks, Rita! I really appreciate your comments and I'm glad our photos are making a bit of a difference in hospitals around the world!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Elaine Poggi, the founder and Executive Director, heard about my school's project in Cambodia. She immediately and kindly offered me photographs to bring to the hospital in Pailin, Cambodia. They were installed by the students in the various wards. Elaine is very generous in promoting beautifying hospitals around the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing Photo Art kindly provided some stunning photos for our treatment room at the Tavistock NHS Mental Health Trust in London. Our patients couldn't be happier with them and the staff enjoy them too. They even framed and sent them free of charge and added some extra photos for us. Thank you Healing Photo Art and keep up your wonderful work! Siri- Assistant Psychologist Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, The Adult Depression Study

Client Served

Rating: 5

Elaine Poggi's work is beautiful, tranquil, and inspiring. The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is a great non-profit organization dedicated to patient healing and enjoyment. Elaine's work is proudly displayed in our hospital and I would not have a reservation recommending The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals to any healthcare facility that would accept her work. Thank you Elaine!

Pavao V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Waking up out of unconsciensce state or waking up another day in hospital and first thing to see being a clear white wall could be DEPPRESSINg. Waking up in a tent on 6000 feet above the sea, sorounded by clear white high peaks of Alps, or Pyrennes fullfils a soul beyond any IMAGINATION. The Foundation for Photo Art In Hospitals helps to fight DEPRESSION with IMAGINATION bringing clear white peaks to clear white walls.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a nurse working in a mission hospital in Kenya, I noticed first hand as patients, relatives, and even staff members found calmness and peace in looking at the beautiful pictures hanging on the walls by patients’ beds and recovery areas as well as along the corridors in the hospital. I still remember the one beautiful picture hanging on the staff room wall; it brought such peace to my soul each time I looked at it as I took my short break and ate my lunch before returning to work. The foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals has been such a wonderful vessel of ensuring that nature comes to both patients and their health care providers who would otherwise not have a chance to do so at the time. May the foundation continue its great work of touching people’s lives in such a special way!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an oncology nurse, I can tell you the foundation's photography reaches the soul of the patient and their caregiver. It takes them away from the traumatic episodes of their lives to beautiful places they may never have been able to see before. It lets them forget, for a moment, the stress of their daily life and lets them enjoy the beautiful moments of being alive. When you look at Elaine's photography you are with her at that moment, experiencing the landscape, the animals, the ocean, the mountains --you are experiencing the beauty of our amazing planet.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

KISES (Kiranmayi socio educational society) is associated with Elaine Poggi for the last 3 years and till interaction with her we feel art is only an event and does change the man's life in behaviour, attitude and perceptions, but indeed we experienced that it can cure the diseases also as after displaying the photos collected from Elaine has made a remarkable change among our patients in the hospital. Art is the language of the unspoken soul. Nature is the language of our existence and by gathering the above two and disseminating to many persons who can spark the lights of the many lives is really an excellent work done by Elaine. Though ambition for many people all may not accomplish the object of their vision. But Elaine is such kind of person who can reach the destination till the end without hesitation. Their high quality photos have reached hospitals in the most remote corners of the world and continue to expand to others. The founder's efficient organizational and resourceful skills continue to be a pillar of the organization. May all hospitals and patients benefit from this organization. It is a great pleasure for us to share our experience and interaction with Foundation and also with Elaine and hope through this Foundation the services can reach to many more hospitals and the patients can recover very soon with these photographs. Mrs. Rajani Suram, Executive Director, KISES, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our senses make our feelings and visual experience is one of many. Being healthy and able to go outside and see things seems normal and because of that we are not aware of everyday wonders around us any more. Being ill and staying in hospital bedrooms inside of 4 walls we start to miss those things and become aware of them but they are far away. Elaine's ideas and photos bring them back to people. Photos serve as a window through hospital walls which brings patient's thoughts to past and future beautiful experiences.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked with Elaine to install some photographs in a hospital in Pailin, Cambodia. This hospital provided only the most basic care, and her pictures brightened the wards and opened up the patients view of the world. Thanks Elaine for your good work througout the world. Dr. Francisco Grijalva

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a GREAT experience working with Foundation for the Photo Art, in Venezuela and Guatemala. I remember when we put the pictures in the infectious disease ward in Venezuela, one of the mother (16 years old) that was there because of her 3 month old baby told us while we were putting the pictures up: THANKS FOR BRINGING SOMETHING THAT CAN MAKE US SMILE IN THIS PLACE! At that moment we really realized the impact a beautiful picture can have. We are so greatful for ELAIN support, we have 8 school clinics in Guatemala that have benefit from her wonderful work!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit organisation helped send healing photos at its own expenses 100% to Malawi ( The Warm Heart of Africa). These photos are hang in a clinic in one of the poor remote areas of the Central Region of Malawi called Mtunthama, Kasungu District. The clinic is run by the Anglican Diocese and is helping the poor and needy who would have no opportunity to the other parts of the world and its beauty and help them appreciate God's beautiful creation as result begin to think and thank God for that is beautiful in the middle of pain and difficulties. The feedback is that the personnel at this Clinic were greatly touched that some people would think of decorating a place of healing and cure like theirs free of charge. The generosity shown through Foundation For Photo Art in Hospitlas Inc. has helped transform lives and attitude towards non profit organisation that sometimes have spoiled the reason for their existence that they use the images of the poor, needy and vulnerable to become famous and find a way to raise financial contributions in Malawi. For me persoanlly it touched me because the gift was freely given with no strings attached. There was no hidden agenda in the giving. It was to help the weak and poor see the beauty of God's creation around the world. I am very grateful to Elaine for this foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gorgeous art and wonderful operation. We have used these generous services for several hospitals in East Africa. The children, caregivers and other patients all loved the photos in Rwanda and Tanzania.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After building our new hospital here in Rooks County Kansas, we realized the great impact art has on healing. The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, Inc. was so generous to provide beautiful photography that has helped our patient's, their family and friends and our staff realize the power of art and imagination. The gifts from this incredible foundation continue to touch peoples lives daily and has encouraged great artists from our area become interested in this powerful philathropic model. We had a patient who verbalized so honestly what the photo's have done for her. "I have had such misery and pain in my life the last few years, these pictures help me escape from those moments and help me become stronger." This foundation makes a very meaningful difference in the lives of many.

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 02/05/2010

Kathy, I am so happy that our photos helped at least one patient! This makes it definitely worth all the time and energy!! Many thanks! Elaine