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Jazzing up the new Bridgeport Hospital building

Article by: Bill Fallon , Fairfield County Business Journal . Photo by: Dru Nadler


Valerie Cooper runs Picture That, a corporate full-service art consulting firm in Stamford, Conn. She's pictured in her office on Monday May 19, 2014.

Stamford-based Picture That has been awarded an art consulting project by Bridgeport Hospitalfor the new 120,000-square-foot medical office building on its outpatient campus at 5520 Park Ave. in Trumbull.

Valerie Cooper, who launched the corporate art consulting business 12 years ago, recently joined hospital officials in a groundbreaking ceremony. Bridgeport Hospital President and CEO William Jennings said the new building was a "game-changer for health care in the communities we serve." The facility is scheduled to open in March 2016.

Over the next 18 months, Picture That will provide specialized consulting and project management services in selecting, purchasing, commissioning and installing works of art, including sculpture work, in lobbies, corridors and specialized medical suites such as the facility's Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Centerwith healing garden and a breast care center.

The new facility will serve as a regional hub of an outpatient campus providing ambulatory surgery as well as support services for patients and their families.

"Picture That has successfully worked with the Yale-New Haven Health System in the past, as well as with Bridgeport Hospital," Jennings said in a statement. "We look forward to working with Ms. Cooper and her team again in selecting the art for what will be the centerpiece of the region's pre-eminent outpatient care campus." Cooper said Picture That's health care consulting sector has emerged as the "busiest and fastest growing segment of our business."

The company's foray into the health care sector began in 2010 when Pamela Scagliarini, vice president for supply chain management at the Yale New Haven system, retained it to outfit a new facility at 2 Howe St. on the New Haven campus. Subsequently, Picture That installed art in several facilities for the health care system's network of affiliates, including Smilow Cancer Center-Torrington; Bridgeport Hospital's Ahlbin Rehabilitation and Industrial Medical centers; and YNHHS Compliance at 1 Church St., New Haven.

Picture That also has completed a large-scale project for Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford for its new 57,753-square-foot technology and finance center. That job led to Picture That being nominated by Saint Francis Hospital for, and subsequently winning, the 2014 Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council Supplier of the Year Award.

Original article can be found here.

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