The foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc has made a huge difference in hospitals around the world. My story is simple. My husband had an aortic tear. He nearly died. When they finally took out his breathing tube he said the photograph of underwater corals in his room made him feel alive. The colors made him want to see them for himself, and when he was the most depressed the colors made him feel better. No one is in a hospital because they are well. Color, life and beauty in a photograph can and do make a difference in how the person who is ill feels. It helps the sick to get better.
This review is from one of our Contributing Photographers who preferred not to register with this website. I'm copying it here...
"Elaine has been doing this wonderful work for years. Her business is expanding and helping people
in many parts of the world. In this time of chaos and uncertainty where many people do not know
where to turn and they are in a state of confusion and anxiety, Elaine offers a 'space' for
quiet contemplation and reflection by creating a place of peace and quiet. People can just 'be' with
the wonderful and beautiful healing photographs of nature and peace. I am proud to be a contributing
photographer." Margo Moss
I am the founder and president of the Foundation. We have been active since 2002. I have met so many people and created amazing friendships through the years with patients,their families, volunteers, doctors, nurses, hospital auxiliary members, and hospital adminitrators. It was been very rewarding for me to see how my photos and the photos of our Contributing Photographers have made a difference in the lives of these people. I can't think of anything that I would rather be doing!
I have known Elaine Poggi all my life, as she is my cousin. I watched as she cared for my Great Aunt Leona battle for her life to survive cancer. Elaine worked tirelessly to provide a peaceful place for her Mom so that she could savor her time left on this Earth. The conversations, memories, and time shared during that period transformed both women. When Elaine needed to meet with doctors, run errands or get respite herself, she placed some of her photographs on the walls so that her Mom could transport her mind to another beautiful place. After my Great Aunt Leona passed, Elaine knew that the quality of life given to her Mom during that time had formulated her path to creating this Foundation. In fact, I distinctly remember the day in 2002 when she stated she was starting a Foundation to place photos in hospitals, in order to create a healing environment for all patients. Who knew--over a chicken salad lunch of all things!! While I knew she was a wonderful pianist, I was not aware she was an inspirational and talented photographer. I cannot begin to convey the untold joy I have experienced as I watched her reach beyond her grief to place thousands of photos in hospitals all over the world--all for the benefit of people she will never know in this life. It has been a privilege to have served on her Board of Directors for ten years, leaving only to address professional commitments. Elaine is a rare soul, truly dedicated to the simplistic beauty of a sunrise, the peaceful presence of a baby's sigh, and the power of holding someone's hand. And, she strives to capture these breathtaking moments and share them with the world--all in the name of nurturing their souls to optimum health. I am VERY proud of her and her selfless, generous work to make the world a better place--one photograph at a time. I love you Elaine--may your soul always be directed by the very hand of God. Always My Love & Best Wishes - Dawn Runge, Ph.D.
My cousin, Elaine Poggi, did everything she could to help her Mother fight her battle. She diligently learned all she could about the disease, associated tests, personally knew all clinical caregivers, and even tried to put up her own photos to brighten her Mom's room. Several of the caregivers begin to comment on the photos and how they not only helped her Mom, but they all wanted to be her Mom's nurse since the photos cheered them up as well! And, if you know anything about health care, being a nurse is a difficult job to say the least. Hence, Elaine continued to not only post the photos, but change them on a regular basis to keep things interesting for everyone. Sadly, in the end, Elaine's Mom (and my Great Aunt) lost her battle. Yet, a idea was born! Elaine knew her destiny was to create beautiful, yet serene photos for patients all over the world can enjoy. For maybe a minute, patients can transport themselves to a better world where there is no pain, no worries and they are part of the beauty surrounding them. I served on the Board for 10 years, diligently working with Elaine to help fulfill her dream. And, the honor has been all mine. I am humbled to know that in a small, yet extremely powerful way, I am making a difference to patients all over the world. I love my cousin and I am VERY proud of her and her work!!
We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. Elaine Poggi's tireless commitment to communicating the joy of God's creation has touched countless lives throughout the world. The Foundation receives letters of thanks not only from patients and their families, but also from doctors, nurses, and hospital administrators who tell us how the photographs brighten their day and enrich their relationships. A miracle of healing resides in a smile.
I am honored to be part of an organization that takes an active role in changing the environment in which health care is delivered. Elaine and the Foundation's work provide a sense of beauty, comfort and distraction from the sterile, impersonal aspect of hospitals that patients usually encounter. Having the Foundation's art in a hospital setting creates a calmer and more natural setting. This can dramatically reduce fear and anxiety for patients and by doing so, has the ability to improve the mental and physical state of patients and medical staff alike. This is an important, necessary and overlooked benefit. My wish is that many more medical centers will make the changes that this Foundation helps to provide, as a part of improving the way medical care is delivered. Elaine, as founder of the Foundation, is dedicated and committed to this vision. It is inspirational to work with her.
The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is an organization that reaches individuals in a heartfelt manner at critical times in their lives. This became evident to me when I attended a dedication of photographs on an adolescent psychiatric unit. The photos had been chosen through discussion with the young patients and each one of them came alive when they spoke about their favorites. We don't often appreciate the small changes we make in individual lives but this foundation can take pride in how it salves the wounds of those suffering both physically and emotionally.
I have been part of this wonderful foundation for the past several years serving as Board Sec'y. I am also a nursing professional who has seen how these beautiful photos enhance a patient's experience in the hospital and clinical setting. I frequently see Elaine's photos while I visit areas within our medical campus.
I have been involved with the Foundation from its inception as a board meember. The amazing thing is that we have been able to place over 2000 photographs in hospitals in many countries and continents with a miniscule staff, i.e. Elaine Poggi, and very little funding. It shows what can be done with determination and how a very small group of people can make a difference in this world. This foundation has made an amazing difference. We are on our way to 3000 photos placed and beyond.
The photos placed in the hospitals around the world add warmth and joy to spaces filled with illness and fear. Elaine's views of nature offer people suffering and in pain a window onto the beauty of God's creation and provide hope to many in need. The Foundation has collected testimonies of their effectiveness which will be presented at a symposium in Florence this Spring.