What do sea anemones, a family of lions and the San Diego skyline have in common? They're among the many fabulous photos taken by Sharp Grossmont staff now lining the walls of one of the hospital's corridors. Named the Art Walk, the display showcases the work of nurses, a lab scientist, an MRI tech and other team members with a keen eye for photography.
Each year at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, employees submit photos for a photo contest. The winners are then included in the hospital's calendar the following year.
Sharp Grossmont's leadership team thought that repurposing the great shots — plus a few from other entrants — was in order. The concept of the Art Walk came from a retreat that hospital leaders attended, where one goal was to envision a kinder, gentler hospital atmosphere.
"We're working to enhance certain areas inside and outside of our hospital, to offer an environment to patients and staff that is less institutional and more like being at home," says Scott Evans, CEO of Sharp Grossmont.
"Just like our rose gardens outside are meticulously maintained by our landscapers, the Art Walk was created thanks to some hidden talents of our amazing team," he says.
The project was generously funded by the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary. The photos will be changed out each year with the new crop of winners.
Amber Napier, RN, an advanced clinician in labor and delivery, is one of the team's winning shutterbugs with two of her photographs selected for this year's calendar.
Her photos included a gorgeous sunset shot at the Ocean Beach pier, and a photo of the Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach.
"As a kid, I would tell people that my dream job would be to work for National Geographic," she says. Before discovering her passion for nursing, her first degree was in photography.
"I spent hours in a dark room mixing chemicals and that's when I realized I didn't enjoy taking pictures as an assignment, but rather when I happened upon something that I saw beauty in. Photography to me is seeing something as other people would not."
As a nurse and a photography buff, Napier says she loves the concept of Art Walk and its purpose.
"I can get lost in everyone's pictures," she says. "I love that Sharp Grossmont is honoring our own and bringing a personal touch to the hospital. My hope is that they carry it over to other parts of the hospital to bring more joy to our patients."
Learn more about the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary.
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