Bringing Serenity and Healing Through Art

September 12, 2023

Mercy Research recently received a donation of photographs from The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. The photographs will be hung in 11 Mercy Research offices across Mercy. Photographer Elaine Poggi created the foundation after witnessing the healing impact of art in her mother’s hospital room during a battle with cancer. Its mission is to foster healing environments in health care settings through soothing nature photographs.

"We're excited to display these images in our research offices," said JoAnne Levy, Mercy Research vice president. "This initiative aligns with Mercy’s dedication to patient-centered care and enhances the well-being of both our patients and co-workers. It's an exciting step towards using art as a tool for healing and fostering a positive atmosphere."

Mercy, one of the 20 largest U.S. health systems and named the top large system in the U.S. for excellent patient experience by NRC Health, serves millions annually with nationally recognized quality care and one of the nation’s largest Accountable Care Organizations. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state health care system including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, more than 4,000 physicians and advanced practitioners and more than 40,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.