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Pictured during the recent unveiling of the five new Splashes of Hope murals at Winthrop are (l.-r.) Brian Yudewitz, President, Splashes of Hope; Lorraine Morrison of Estée Lauder, which sponsored the organization’s most recent mural project at Winthrop; Theresa Patnode Santmann, Vice President, Splashes of Hope; John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop; and Painter/Artist Heather Buggée, Executive Director, Splashes of Hope.

One of the new murals that now line one of Winthrop’s main corridors, thanks to Splashes of Hope
The halls of Winthrop-University Hospital continue to be transformed to reflect the true place of serenity and healing that it is, thanks to Splashes of Hope – a nonprofit organization that is committed to transforming, enriching and facilitating healing through art.

Recently, representatives from the organization joined with Winthrop’s President and CEO to unveil five new beautifully hand-painted murals, which have been installed along two of the main corridors at Winthrop. The murals – which were sponsored thanks to a donation by long-time Splashes of Hope supporter, Estée Lauder, which designated Winthrop as the recipient of this most recent project – boast vibrant colors and inspirational quotes, and are captivating patients, visitors and staff in a special way.

This is the second project that Splashes of Hope has completed at Winthrop. Last year, the organization helped brighten the halls of the Hospital’s ICU with the creation of two murals that pay tribute to patients who were treated at Winthrop.

“Art can have a powerful impact on clinical outcomes, and help to reduce stress and anxiety,” said John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop, who worked with Splashes of Hope to develop the latest concepts for their most recent project at Winthrop. “Each mural contains elements of inspiration, hope and comfort – staples of the care at Winthrop. We are pleased to partner with Splashes of Hope once again to bring these works of art to our Hospital for all who step foot here to enjoy.”

The five latest murals include Long Island landscapes and a scenic interpretation of Lincoln Center in New York City. The murals were made possible thanks to the creativity of Painter/Artist Heather Buggée, Executive Director, Splashes of Hope, and her daughter, Sarah; Artist Diana Fogarty, Director of Operations at Splashes of Hope; Artist Heather Lacolla, volunteer with Splashes of Hope; and Jimmy Knapp, Splashes of Hope volunteer. They were painted at the organization’s art studio in Huntington, NY.

Splashes of Hope was founded in 1996 by Heather Buggée as a response to her own life experiences in standard medical settings.

“It is with grateful appreciation we acknowledge Estee Lauder as our generous sponsor who made it possible to bring Splashes of Hope to Winthrop once again,” said Ms. Buggée. “Our mission is to paint customized murals to assist with the healing process, and we were happy to work closely with Winthrop President & CEO John Collins to determine which themes and inspirational messages to incorporate into the scenes. Winthrop’s dedication to creating a culture of caring and a sense of community is reflected in the artwork, which was designed with great sensitivity to the needs of the patients, visiting family and hospital staff. Our wish is that the artwork will bring recollections of better days and hope for a healthy tomorrow.”

Splashes of Hope has brought murals and other artistic projects to medical and social service facilities across the globe. The organization’s efforts are supported and made possible by partnerships with individual supporters, organizations and corporations. Splashes of Hope welcomes additional corporate partnerships as a means to realize financial support and the ability to reach more people about their programs.

Since Splashes of Hope’s inception, hundreds of volunteers have helped make Heather’s vision of colorful and comforting hospital interiors a reality. For more information about Splashes of Hope, visit

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