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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's so great that Elaine and her team are doing this.
Healing happens in so many ways and this is good for patients and staff alike.
Lje

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Finding Elaine Poggi and The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc., has been one of the most inspiring events to have happened to my partner and myself. We have been moved by their relentless mission to heal through art. Having begun now to work with Elaine and the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, has been pivotal in allowing us to carry on her mission here locally in Los Angeles, and it has profoundly changed our lives. In turn we hope to pay in forward. This could not have happened without the guidance, kindness and generosity of Elaine and the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am excited to be a Contributing Photographer for this wonderful nonprofit. Their mission is to provide beautiful photographic art to brightened up hospitals in low resource areas around the world. This helps to enhance healing by lifting the spirits of patients, family members and all the wonderful staff who work in these settings. By offering healing art for free to these hospitals, it becomes possible for there to be beauty on the walls where none has existed before. This is a very high output, low overhead organization that has inspired over 250 international photographers to donate the use of their images in support of this great cause.
David Foster, Atlanta, GA USA

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an inspiring organization with such a needed outreach. They are very professional and responsive. My interactions with them were a pleasure. I look forward to a long, fruitful relationship as a contributing photographer.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Nature and Landscape Photographer that wanted to share my work in hospitals and medical facilities to help healing to the patients. I contacted Elaine and donated one of my photos to her organization. A few months later she found a home for my art work-Peace Inc. in Buffalo New York. Thanks Elaine for your dedication to the cause and vision to help join artists and the people that receiving healing from their work. John Munno www.johnmunnophotography.com

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional with the Evansville Psychiatrice Children's Center. Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals was kind enought to send us 8 prints to use at our facility. We had originally picked out 4 or 5 and they sent a few more for us. A couple of the prints were utilzed in our newly remodeled conference room and some decorate our halls. They have added color and life to the walls here and are greatly appreciated.

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 09/15/2014

Thanks for your comment about the photos at the Psychiatric Children's Center. We were very happy to help and we hope that our photos will give the children peace. All my best, Elaine

Jim_107

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Elaine continues to excel in the placement of "Healing Works of Art" in hospitals around the world. For those who are hospitalized and unable to experience the beauty of God's creation; as well as those who visit these hospitals, can experience the next best thing to being there. Someone once wrote" By just looking at a photograph of the outdoors / nature, you can still experience the same peace and tranquility."

This amazing imagery donated by photographers world wide, should give us a sense of pride that our work is being used in this manner. What better gift can there be to help contribute to someone's healing and recovery from illness.

Keep up the good work Elaine!

Jim Stracensky

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

Thanks, Jim, for your great review! I am so happy to have you as one of our Contributing Photographers. Your photo is just beautiful and has brought much joy to so many patients, family members, and staff. I'll do my best to keep up the good work... with your help and the help of all our Contributing Photographers!

nbart414

Donor

Rating: 5

I have written reviews in the past about this organization. I can only say that the Foundation continues on its course as a great non-profit, thanks to the tireless effort of its founder Elaine Poggi. Five stars all the way!

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

Thanks, Nancy! I appreciate your review!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My husband and I were vacationing with friends on the island of Antigua early in 2012. One of our new friends on the island is nurse supervisor at St. John's Medical Center there. We told her that we are acquainted with The Foundation of Photo/Art in Hospitals and its Director Elaine Poggi. We admire Elaine's dedication to the Foundation and its mission to place beautiful photographs in hospitals all over the world. Thanks to the Foundation's generosity, we were able facilitate a donation of framed prints for St. John's Medical Center.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Elaine Poggi and her Foundation for many years and greatly admire her motivation, creativity, and determination. As a clinical psychologist in Florence, Italy I often encourage my patients to make their own original drawings or go out in the city and take photos of whatever may stimulate them. This allows them, especially the patients with depression to express their own feelings and to discover their own creativity. Also in my office I have many paintings and sketches, some given to me by former patients and others by professional artists both well known in Florence or novices in the art community. I frequently ask my patients to carefully observe a painting or a photo and to tell me their first impressions, their reactions, emotions they may feel while looking at it. This helps to open up some new areas of importance that might have been unconscoius or repressed before.

Paul49

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Photgraphs help heal and lift spirits. The Foundation does that in spades.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My initial experience was meeting and working with Elaine Poggi on a successful artwork project for a children's hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. From there we have shared a friendship and continued interest in photo/art and how it can impact patients and many types of healthcare environments. Currently, I am serving as a board member and helping to support Elaine's significant efforts to extend the Foundation's reach to many healthcare facilities and clinics throughout the world - especially those in special need of "healing photo/art".

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Response was fast when I asked about contributing art to the Foundation. Elaine handled things very professionally and is a delight to work with. Elaine emailed me that my contribution was used in a hospital recently and which hospital it was used in. I appreciated that kind of follow up. From everything I have seen, the Foundation is a wonderful organization to work with.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Art is the language of the unspoken soul. Nature is the language of our existance and capturing both.... is indeed a rare gift. Elaine has the gift to capture both and is willing to share her talents so that others may reap the benefits of experiencing nature and art whenever they find themselves in an indoor environment far removed from what it is that the soul needs to speak. Deborah Burnett http://www.deborahburnett.com

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The foundation for Photo Arts is a wonderful project conceived by Elaine Poggi who has traveled the world taking gorgeous life-like pictures of spectacular settings and arranging for them to be housed in hospitals. Ms Poggi felt that patients who are ill would benefit from looking at pictures of real places depicting natural beauty. There is no doubt in my mind about the therapeutic effect of these works of art. At the department of neurosurgery of the university of illinois at chicago, we have had the good fortune of receiving some of these pictures and they have been extremely well received by all who see them. Thank you Elaine for the wonderful contribution you have made the the life of so many people. Fady T. Charbel, M.D.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, Inc. not only provides comfort, hope and peace to patients, staff and families in the hospital setting through beauty-filled photographs, they are pioneers in the field of epigenetics. As a result of Elaine Poggi's personal experiences with family members and her heart-felt passion to help others, The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is now a leading force in educating the general public and offering them the experience of how an environment can be altered and enhanced to support the body's natural healing process. It is an joy and honor to support their mission and vision to bring healing photo art to the world's healing centers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Abbiamo sempre troppo poco tempo per guardarci attorno. Viviamo di corsa, il lavoro ci assilla, a volte manca anche il tempo per la famiglia. Ma quando ci si ammala allora tutto cambia. Le giornate sono lunghissime e ogni dettaglio dell'ambiente in cui ci si trova diviene interessante. Purtroppo gli ospedali oltre a essere luoghi di sofferenza spesso sono anche squallidi. Elaine con le sue foto apre fantastiche finestre su quel mondo che non ci siamo mai fermati abbastanza a osservare e le pone in luoghi dove c'è tutto il tempo per apprezzarle.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Speaking as a professional fundraiser with 20 years' experience,now retired, I can attest that Elaine Poggi's dedication to her mission, added to the energy with which she promotes it, ensure its ongoing success. Two suggestions: research and follow through on (1) which med schools are studying the effects of attractive environments on patient outcomes, and (2) which corporations, USA and abroad, involved in digital photography would consider requests for major gifts. Then submit relevant proposals. The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is an important project and deserves our generous support.

1 sereneview

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is dedicated to providing art that delivers therapeutic benefits to hospital visitors, staff, and patients. Research results reveal that viewing nature photographs lowers blood pressure, anxiety, and reduces the need for pain medication. Elaine Poggi and the Foundation have done an incredible job of assembling a collection of world class photography and placing them in hospitals around the world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is a remarkable group.They are providing beauty not only to people who are sick but also to the people who work with them and their families. Placing beautiful artwork in hospitals creates an environment of hope and healing and enables people to let go of fear. The impact of the arts in the process of healing was recognized early on by Hippocrates, who understood the importance of uplifting his patients' spirits. Similarly, Galen would set his patients outside in the marketplace, enhancing their healing through contact with the sights and sounds of daily life. The value of a rich and uplifting environment to healing has since been documented in such research as Robert Ulrich's study: "Effects of Interior Design on Wellness: Theory and Recent Scientific Research" (Journal of Health Care Interior Design, 1991), which demonstrated that patients who could view nature through their windows had shorter post-operative hospital stays, made negative comments less often, needed fewer doses of narcotics, and had fewer post-surgical complications. I am very proud to be a part of this organization. This organization promotes healing through beauty!