Wednesday, April 16, 2014 · 12:53 a.m.
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The paintings created by Parkridge's cardiac recovery nurses will be hung in patients' rooms and the nurses station. (Photo: Contribute)

The cardiac recovery nurses and leadership at Parkridge Medical Center were seeking "unique and personal" art for the hospital's newly remodeled area, so they decided to put paintbrushes to canvases themselves. 

The crew created 19 unique pieces for the space, which will be hung in patients' rooms and the nurses station in the freshly revamped unit. 

“We were trying to find something personal that would speak to the patients, and we talked to the Art Warehouse owner about a Gogh Paint n’ Party,” Barry Bell, director of cardiac services at Parkridge Medical Center, said in a prepared statement. “We really liked the idea of making the art ourselves, and our staff quickly embraced the idea of creating the artwork for the unit. It was a fun and unique teambuilding exercise that adds a very personal touch to our new cardiac recovery area.”

So the staff held a painting party on the evening of Jan. 28, and each person created a distinctive work of art for the remodeled section of the hospital. 

"It's amazing how unique and creative our nurses are," Bell said. "Everyone was so proud of their work and had a great time."

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