Parkview Hospital: Fort Wayne's Newest Art Gallery

By Eric Olson

February 24, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)-When the Parkview Regional Medical Center opens its doors next month the public will get its first glimpse of the sweeping vistas and warm, intimate spaces the hospital designers created. And there will be some very familiar sights greeting Fort Wayne art lovers.

Enhancing life, its quality and longevity, is the mission of any hospital. In that spirit Parkview has graced its new facility with 900 original works of art, many by local artists, connecting patients and visitors with vignettes of local life. You find them in every waiting room, along every hall…beyond every doorway. There are scenes of Fort Wayne’s past by Fort Wayne painter Terry Ratliff. There are bucolic portraits of Indiana farms by Carolyn Stachera, and a gorgeous photographic collage of the summit city by local photographer Jeff Crane.

“Art is healing,” says Parkview Chief Operating Officer Sue Ehinger, “and really connecting with artists to understand how art really does heal, how it reduces stress level it creates conservation. It just really brings you into the community.”

What Parkview has done is revive the tradition of corporate sponsorship of the arts, something that’s fallen by the wayside as the economy has struggled. Fort Wayne painter Vicki Junk-Wright says it’s invigorated the local art community.

“It makes you feel more at home,” she says. “It has energized, kind of, the art area of Fort Wayne knowing that we’ve got somebody behind us like this.”

So come visit Fort Wayne’s newest hospital…and art gallery; a partnership between arts and science on a mission to heal our community, body and soul. Eric Olson reporting, out in Your Country.

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