Mercy wins statewide art award, Durango Herald, March 16, 2007

“Spirit Mother,” by Michael Naranjo sits at the entrance of Mercy Regional Medical Center

Mercy Regional Medical Center has won one of four annual awards from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.

Mercy was chosen for the Workspace Award recognizing “exceptional design that advances business objectives.” The center was chosen over finalists Pinnacol Assurance and the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center.

The award was presented before an audience of more than 750 on March 8 in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

“Mercy has a healing environment that incorporates artwork in key areas of the hospital and is themed to support patients ranging from the critically ill to new mothers,” said Deborah Jordy, executive director of the CBCA. “Mercy’s workspace reflects pride in regional cultural diversity, creates a beautiful working environment, energizes staff, and contributes to the health and experience of clients.”

Mercy’s Chief Nursing Officer, Nancy Hoyt, accepted the award.

“Through the creation of our house of healing with the arts as its cornerstone, all who enter our walls -patients, staff and others- will leave with a nurtured spirit,” Hoyt said.

Shanan Wells, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery and SCW Art Consulting, chose and placed the art for Mercy in consultation with hospital representatives.

“Mercy was recognized for using art to advance its business objective, and that objective is healing,” Wells said.

The judges were:
• Mark Hellerstein, president and CEO, St. Mary Land and Exploration.
• Kate Paul, CEO, Delta Dental of Colorado.
• Pelham Pearce, executive director, Central City Opera Association.
• Flo Hernandez Ramos, CEO and general manager, KUVO.
• Elaine Torres, manager of community affairs, CBS 4.

artsjournalist@centurytel.net Leanne Goebel is a freelance writer specializing in the visual arts.

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