Photo exhibit highlights courage, compassion of pediatric care

A nurse gently cradling a fragile newborn. A child lying in a hospital bed with a warm smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. These images are part of the traveling photography exhibit sponsored by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) that is now on display in the 12th floor art gallery at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

“The pictures in the exhibit are moving. They all tell a powerful story of the experiences and strength that pediatric patients and their families face at children’s hospitals across the country,” Leola Rodgers, MPH, associate administrator of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital said on the exhibit’s opening day. “These images show what it is like here, and at other children’s hospitals, with the families, the kids, the hospital team and volunteers working together.  It’s amazing.”

The exhibit contains 50 images from hospitals across the country. One of the photos in the collection, taken by Chuck Wainwright, was taken at Upstate and features Upstate volunteer Matt Byrne holding a tiny patient. Byrne began as a volunteer 17 years ago by reading to hospitalized children. The featured photo, taken in 2007, captures his compassion for a baby who, he says, “just wanted to snuggle.”

NACHRI sponsors this exhibit on a bi-annual basis.  The exhibit originally opened in Washington, D.C., and will be on display at Upstate throughout the month of July.

Caption: Amanda Griffin, community service activities coordinator, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, takes in the NACHRI photo exhibit in the 12th floor art gallery in Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. This display of 50 poignant images from children’s hospitals all over the country will be on display here through the month of July.

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