Hospital Staff Join in Paint-by-Numbers Mural to Honor Healthcare Heroes

Northwestern Medicine
News November 10, 2021
Staff at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois, are painting a mural — one square at a time. A paint-by-numbers mural debuted October 22 to honor the strength and teamwork demonstrated by staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, the mural is split into four panels that are each 4 feet wide and 6 feet high. Staff members will have access to paint sections through November 9. Once complete, the four panels will come together and be displayed in the inpatient pavilion as a visual reminder of the dedication and resilience shown by healthcare heroes at Northwestern Medicine.

“The contribution to the mural is really neat because right now, it’s something they’re making as individuals who are part of a team,” says Kevin Most, DO, chief medical officer at Central DuPage Hospital. “When the mural comes together, they’ll know they were a part of it.”

The mural was designed by Stacy Lazzara, a chalk and paint muralist and resident of South Elgin, Illinois. Inspiration for the mural’s imagery came from a variety of sources, such as artwork from particular thank you cards sent to the hospital or photographs taken during memorable moments of the pandemic.

“A lot of the staff don’t know what the finished piece will look like until all four panels are put together,” says Angela Black, MSN, RN, vice president of Operations at Central DuPage Hospital. “For me, it will be exciting for them to see some of the positives we experienced, like the rainbow over the hospital or the guitar playing in the ICU.”

Lazzara has a personal connection to the hospital: Her daughter Averie was diagnosed with leukemia at 2 1/2 years old and spent a lot of time there for treatments. Now age 6, Averie has been cancer-free for more than a year.

“I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude for everyone within these walls,” Lazzara says. “It’s not just doctors and nurses, but also the maintenance staff and operations team. It’s such a team effort to get through something like this pandemic, and being able to celebrate them and give this honor is super special.”

The mural was unveiled during the Healthy Heroes Wellness Fair, which was largely made possible with philanthropic support provided by generous donors and community members. The full mural will be revealed with a blessing at 1 pm on November 17.

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