Chicago hos­pi­tal gets artsy,

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The scenic views of Chicago’s fa­mous sky­line avail­able from the new 14-story tower that now houses Rush Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter just weren’t artsy enough for hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials.

De­spite the sight­lines, Rush of­fi­cials needed some­thing to help spruce up the hall­ways of the $654 mil­lion build­ing that opened this month to re­place ag­ing fa­cil­i­ties. About a year and a half ago, they brought in H. Mar­ion Art Con­sult­ing Ser­vices for the Rush Trans­for­ma­tion Project. H. Mar­ion sur­veyed the 841,000-square-foot hos­pi­tal and brought in framed art, about 1,400 pieces. But there’s no art in­side the pa­tient rooms, Jan Mar­ion, pres­i­dent of H. Mar­ion told Out­liers. They didn’t want to com­pete with the scenic views, he says.

The art had to re­flect the hos­pi­tal’s brand­ing, Mar­ion says. For Rush, that is that it’s in­grained in Chicago, as the hos­pi­tal name has been around for al­most as long as the city. For H. Mar­ion to do that, its art had to fol­low three tenets. It had to re­flect Chicago as a world-class city and em­brace its di­ver­sity. Much of the art—posters, lim­ited edi­tion prints, even prints done on bam­boo—was crafted by lo­cal artists.

Se­condly, the art had to act as an in­te­rior fin­ish, to blend with the build­ing’s con­tem­po­rary de­sign. While not one of the pieces is con­tro­ver­sial or edgy, the art car­ries a modern feel, Mar­ion says. Yes, pa­tients will see the oc­ca­sional lush land­scape lit­tered with flow­ers, a hos­pi­tal sta­ple. But Mar­ion says his firm wanted to em­brace the new build­ing’s modern ar­chi­tec­ture. Fi­nally, the art had to be ther­a­peu­tic. Friendly col­ors and im­ages that help pro­mote heal­ing have long been pop­u­lar with hos­pi­tals.

Med­i­cal ex­penses go so­cial

Peo­ple search the Web for health in­for­ma­tion so it shouldn’t be a sur­prise that they are us­ing so­cial me­dia to raise money for med­i­cal ex­penses.

You­car­ is one site that pro­vides an online plat­form for peo­ple to raise funds for med­i­cal ex­penses, as well as tu­ition, adop­tions and faith-re­lated mis­sion trips. Within two months of its launch, the site recorded 265 reg­is­tered users, with med­i­cal-ex­penses fundrais­ing be­ing the most suc­cess­ful cat­e­gory, said Luke Miner, a You­car­ co-founder.

Un­like Kick­starter, the fundrais­ing site used by en­trepreneurs to fund creative projects, You­car­ does not take a com­mis­sion from the do­na­tions, Miner said. He cited one med­i­cal-ex­penses fundraiser that gen­er­ated more than $16,000 to treat one man’s bone can­cer.

Other sites in­clude Fund­bunch, Go­fundme and Givefor­ward, a 3year-old site that helps peo­ple raise money for ex­penses such as chemo­ther­apy and or­gan trans­plants.

A con­tro­versy is born

Pub­lic­ity was in­evitable when two of the big­gest names in pop­u­lar mu­sic, Jay-z and Bey­once, en­tered Lenox Hill Hos­pi­tal this month for their blessed event.

But of­fi­cials at the New York City hos­pi­tal found them­selves ex­plain­ing aspects of the hip-hop roy­alty’s stay that they might not have an­tic­i­pated: whether the se­cu­rity sur­round­ing their care was overzeal­ous and dis­re­spect­ful to other fam­i­lies who also hap­pened to be hav­ing ba­bies at the same time.

Sev­eral fam­i­lies com­plained to the New York Times that se­cu­rity of­fi­cials blocked ac­cess to cer­tain ar­eas, erected par­ti­tions in the neona­tal wait­ing area and even pa­pered over some se­cu­rity cam­eras. An As­so­ci­ated Press story quoted Lenox Hill of­fi­cials as say­ing that no pa­tients had com­plained about any se­cu­rity and that the hos­pi­tal—not the cou­ple’s pri­vate body­guards—re­mained in con­trol of se­cu­rity the whole time.

A state­ment from the hos­pi­tal also noted that, con­trary to ru­mors that the cou­ple had paid more than $1 mil­lion to rent a floor for the birth, the cou­ple was in an ex­ec­u­tive suite and was “billed the stan­dard rate for those ac­com­mo­da­tions. Our ex­ec­u­tive suites are avail­able for any pa­tient, in­clud­ing the food ser­vice and ameni­ties pro­vided to the Carter fam­ily.”

The un­con­tro­ver­sial news was, Blue Ivy Carter was de­liv­ered nat­u­rally and weighed a healthy 7 pounds. A joint state­ment de­scribed the birth as “the best ex­pe­ri­ence of both of our lives.”

Rap­per Jay-z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, even con­firmed the birth of his daugh­ter pub­licly with the re­lease of a new sin­gle, “Glory feat. B.I.C.” A nice sen­ti­ment, but the song is so sug­ary it made Out­liers glad we didn’t have ac­cess to a record­ing stu­dio when our daugh­ter was born a few years back.


A fam­ily lounge’s pe­di­atric area on the fourth floor of the new Rush Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter build­ing fea­tures bright art, in­clud­ing

sculp­tural “climbers” made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.


Some pa­tients were singing the blues about Bey­once’s se­cu­rity de­tail.

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