Press Release

From Clinical to Colorful: Custom Mural Installed in Psychiatric Unit

August 31st, 2018

 From Clinical to Colorful: Custom Mural Installed in Psychiatric Unit at Mercy

Mural to Help Stir Up Fond Memories for Patients Suffering from Mental Illness

Rockville Centre, NY— Mercy Medical Center, in partnership with Splashes of Hope, installed a new colorful mural in its psychiatric unit to help Mercy patients who are suffering from mental illness recollect fond memories. The four-by-eight-foot mural is a hand-painted custom design created by artist Sarah Baecher and Splashes of Hope volunteers. It features a gazebo park scene -- or Mercy Park, if you will --- and is designed to comfort patients during treatment, healing and recovery by providing a soothing and uplifting visual focus.

The project was funded by the Council of Leagues at Mercy Medical Center.

Fun fact: the dog featured in the mural is named Cody and he belongs to Pam Stengel, nurse manager of the psychiatric unit at Mercy. 

Photo captions:
Mercy staff featured in the photo include Ronald Brenner, chief of behavioral health services; Peggy Reddan, director of nursing; Pam Stengel, nurse manager; and Phil Polo, assistant director of engineering.

Splashes of hope: Sarah Baecher (middle left) and Splashes of Hope volunteers.

From the Council of Leagues: Doreen Baldwin, president of Mercy Council of Leagues.



About Splashes of Hope
​Founded in 1996, Splashes of Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating art to transform spaces, enrich environments and facilitate healing. Splashes of Hope has reached over 35 states across the US, and internationally in France, Italy, and Ukraine.

About Mercy Medical Center
Celebrating more than 100 years, Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, as well as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Mercy is also the recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and consecutive Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. And, in recognition of the value it places on superior nursing care, Mercy has the Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Mercy provides comprehensive medical and surgical care and is a leader in minimally-invasive surgery, joint-replacement, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, spine and neurosurgery, in-patient acute rehabilitation, diagnostic and interventional radiology, maternity and newborn services and women’s health. Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® is a registered trademark of the American Society For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Used by permission of ASMBS. All rights reserved. 


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