STAMFORD, Conn. -- Continuing her firm’s expansion into the niche health care facilities sector, Valerie Cooper announced Picture That of Stamford, has undertaken the art consulting project for the new Regional Hospice and Home Care Center for Comfort Care and Healing in Danbury.
The state-of-the-art 36,000-square-foot facility — Connecticut’s first and only nonprofit, all-private, family focused hospice center — opened in January at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by more than 200 donors and public officials. More than 1,000 patients, many of them children, are expected to be cared for in the first year of operation.
The award-winning entrepreneur, who launched her corporate art consulting business 13 years ago, said she was proud to have provided comprehensive art consulting and project management services for “the only one-of-its-kind hospice center which has been hailed as representing a new era in end-of-life care to the people of Connecticut.”
The scope of services Picture That provided, starting last November, included selecting, acquiring framing and installing art for the facility’s 12 private suites, lounges, living rooms and library.
Cynthia Roy, president and CEO of Regional Hospice, said the collaboration between her center and Cooper‘s firm was “very productive and a very efficient use of time especially because this was a complicated project. It entailed selecting and placing art on wall panels designed to hide medical equipment.”
Roy said Kevin Kelleher, vice chair of the capital campaign to build the hospice residence and president and CEO of Cartus, recommended Picture That for the project. Cooper said Kelleher retained Picture That in 2003 to curate Cultural Art Exhibitions for Cartus headquarters, a relationship that remains in existence for the company’s network of regional and international offices.
“From the start, I felt very deeply that this center represented a very worthy cause, that it is truly a model for the nation to follow as hospice and palliative care is one of the fastest growing healthcare markets,” Cooper said.
Health care facilities art consulting has emerged as one of Picture That’s primary business sectors the past five years.
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