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Adventist Hinsdale Hospital nurse earns best in show
Hinsdale – When Adventist Hinsdale Hospital nurse Amanda Lutz learned the hospital was hosting a juried art exhibition, she saw it as a good opportunity on multiple fronts.

This was a chance for the 26-year-old Chicago Heights resident to not only renew her passion for drawing, but to participate in the Adventist holistic healing mission.

“Art can be relaxing and a way of achieving personal goals,” Lutz said. “It can be almost spiritual. For me, it’s a form of meditation and a way to give people nice gifts.”

Lutz’s pencil portrait, titled “Baby George,” was named Best in Show by the Adventist Hinsdale Hospital leadership in the National Arts Program Healing Arts Exhibit.

Though she has sketched portraits since childhood, this was only the second contest Lutz has ever entered. The first was while she was a high school senior in California. At that time, Lutz won an all-school art competition.

“I get fulfillment from the act of making something perfect,” Lutz said.

The Adventist Hinsdale Hospital exhibition was co-sponsored by Adventist Midwest Health and The National Arts Program® Foundation. The foundation’s sponsorship provided $2,400 in prize money as well as certificates and ribbons for exhibition winners. The exhibit featured 190 pieces of art by hospital employees, physicians, volunteers and their families.

The contest was part of Adventist Midwest Health’s new Healing Arts initiative, which seeks to bring the fine arts – including music and visual and literary arts – to patients, their families and caregivers at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

Adventist Midwest Health’s Healing Arts program also includes monthly musical performances in Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s atrium and visits to patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital from a certified music practitioner harpist.

Other programs being launched include rotating art galleries and a portable art cart with art supplies for patients to use at the bedside. It has been proven that engaging in art related activities can ease a patient’s anxiety and, potentially, their perception of pain.

In the Healing Arts exhibit, Wally Mietus, 60, of Burbank, earned an honorable mention for his sculpture, “Highlander Musicians.” Mietus works as an engineer-maintenance mechanic at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and entered two wood carvings in the exhibit.

As a boy, Mietus watched as his uncle and cousins carved. He soon imitated their skill. Carving relaxes him and he’ll work with any available wood, although he prefers walnut and oak.

“I think it’s good for people to see that the employees have this passion to do art,” Mietus said of the juried art show at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

Other honorees in the National Arts Program Healing Arts Exhibit included:

Best in Show Honorable Mention: Nursing PNP, “Professional Practice Model”

People's Choice (Determined by employee, visitor and patients votes): Youth - Antonio Caris, “Tiki;” Teen - Brianna Miller, “Kokopelli;” Amateur - Samantha Blevins, “Party Scene;” Intermediate - Tara Banfield, “At Peace;” Professional - Rebecca Minton, “Autumn 1.”

$2,400 in National Arts Program® prize money was awarded to:
Youth: First place - Claire Isacson, Elmhurst; second place - Antonio Caris, Plainfield; third place - Anna Cassioppi, Willow Springs. Honorable Mention - The Hung family of Naperville.

Teen: First place - Stephanie Saint Martin, Oak Brook; second place - Erik Tolentino, Westmont; third place: Madeline Grodek, Countryside. Honorable Mention - Bridget Plante, Downers Grove.

Amateur: First place - Julie Baier, Elmhurst; second place - Medhat Philobos, Darien; third place - Joyce Maldonado, Plano. Honorable Mentions - Kris Veenbaas, Willowbrook; Linda Ryan, Bartlett.

Intermediate: First place - Michael Brooks, Elmhurst; second place - Amanda Lutz, Chicago Heights; third place - Adam Blatner, Burr Ridge. Honorable Mentions - Lillian Mundt, Lombard; Arpi Dharia, Hanover Park; Wally Mietus, Burbank; Robert Beatty, Oak Brook.

Professional: First place - Margaret Cosper, Hinsdale; second place - Roberta Kullen, Aurora; third place - Barbara Secor, Westmont. Honorable Mentions - Laureen Dunne, La Grange; Rebecca Minton, Indian Head Park.

The National Arts Program® was founded in 1982 to provide a forum to showcase visual artistic talents. The program is designed to create community and artistic fulfillment and displays artwork in a variety of venues, including cities, counties, airports, transit authorities and other large organizations.


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Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-2354