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Art Takes Flight at Highland Hospital

Art Takes Flight

Highland Hospital has completed a project that combines art with exercise.

Two local artists – Lea Rizzo and Sarah Rutherford – painted the murals in a seven-flight stairwell as part of a hospital wellness project. “Art Takes Flight for Your Health.” The goal is to make one of the most-used stairwells more inviting for walkers, including employees, physicians and visitors.

The murals depict a story centered on the circle of life, incorporating elements seen around the hospital and the city.

“Incorporating exercise into daily life keeps you healthy, and it saves time – you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym when you get home from work if you are climbing stairs throughout the day,” said Ashish Boghani, M.D., Chief Hospitalist at Highland, who came up with the idea for the project. Dr. Boghani has climbed the stairs at the hospital for the past eight years to get exercise while rounding on patients.

Interventional Radiologist Ian Wilson, M.D., who leads a public art program called Wall Therapy, recruited two local artists  to design and paint the stairwell murals. "Art enhances everyday life,” Dr. Wilson said. “For employees in particular, I hope the stairwell will be a place they can go on break to ponder or be inspired. It’s a way of being well at work.”

The project was funded by donations made through the Highland Foundation. Several physicians also made contributions.

The stairwell is located in the west wing of the hospital near the blue elevators. Feel free to stop by the information desk at the main entrance of the hospital for detailed directions.