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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Work of Noted Artist Now Adorns Walls at Westchester Medical Center

The Rainbow Series by Stephen Crohn Celebrates Diversity, Inclusion and the Relationship between The LOFT and WMCHealth

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VALHALLA, N.Y. (June 22, 2017) – As Pride month nears an end, the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and The LOFT LGBT Community Services Center in White Plains celebrated the relationship between the two organizations with the dedication of an original and notable work of art that is now gracing the walls of the network’s flagship facility, Westchester Medical Center, for patients, their caregivers and staff to appreciate.

Representatives of WMCHealth and The LOFT, along with members of the community and family of the late artist Stephen Crohn, gathered in Westchester Medical Center’s main concourse to unveil

The Rainbow Series, an impactful, multi-piece work painted by Crohn in 2010. An artist, Crohn is known for his contributions to medicine, which enabled significant advances in AIDS research. The Rainbow Series was donated to The LOFT by the Crohn family with the intent of displaying it in a location that would honor Crohn’s life and legacy. The 7-panel painting depicts ROY G BIV, an acronym for the sequences of hues that make up the colors of the rainbow. One of Crohn’s last creations, the piece evokes hope and light.

“In developing a strong and significant relationship with Westchester Medical Center it was determined that the hospital would be a fitting venue to display this profound work of art,” said Judy Troilo, Executive Director of The LOFT. “The LOFT is deeply grateful to WMCHealth for its dedication and continuous support of the LGBT community. We look forward to enhancing our already strong relationship in the name of inclusion and diversity.”

Visitors to Westchester Medical Center will find The Rainbow Series just off the main concourse where it will adorn one of the most trafficked areas of the hospital. “WMCHealth is proud to have this beautiful and meaningful artwork adorning the walls of Westchester Medical Center.

It is symbolic of our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all patients,” said Mecca Santana, Vice President for Diversity and Community Relations at Westchester Medical Center. “We are pleased to partner with organizations like The LOFT to better meet the needs of our patients and the communities we serve.”

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.

Caption: The Rainbow Series, created by Stephen Crohn, and donated to WMCHealth by The LOFT, can be enjoyed by patients, their caregivers and staff at Westchester Medical Center

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