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Local artist beautifies hospital’s pediatric waiting room


Caption for attached photo: Adventist Hinsdale Hospital emergency department nurses Emdel Rayos del Sol and Kelly Bielawa show off the new mural in the emergency room’s pediatric waiting area.

Hinsdale – Children and families visiting the pediatric waiting room at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s emergency department will be greeted by visions of knights, princesses and dragons, and a sign that reads, “Welcome to Our Enchanted Village.”

Hinsdale resident and artist Suzanne Penn just finished a mural with a medieval theme that graces the walls of a room adjacent to the regular waiting room, as well as a hallway at the Koplin Emergency & Trauma Center.

The mural’s creation was a joint project between the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation and the Hinsdale Center for the Arts, where Penn is a faculty member.

It took Penn about five weeks to create the work, which features kings, queens, trumpeters, horses, dogs and a memorial to Mark Johnson, a Hinsdale deputy fire chief who died in September. The hospital is depicted as a castle. The murals are intended to make the space much more inviting for young children.

“I used a lot of detail,” Penn said. “The more there is, the longer the mural will keep the children engaged.”

Penn has geared one side for the older children and painted some images lower to the ground so toddlers and pre-schoolers can get a better look. She included images that children would see in a hospital, including candy stripers and volunteers in colors that match those worn by volunteers at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Penn also helped create a list of “I Spy” items that children will be able to find on the murals.

“The hospital can be a scary place for young children,” said Shawn Tyrrell, vice president/chief nursing officer of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “This mural helps us create a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere.”

Penn generally works in acrylics and her works includes abstracts. She has a daughter who is a senior in college and a son who is a senior in high school.

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is a Level II trauma center and an accredited EDAP (Emergency Department Accredited for Pediatrics). A pediatrician is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and all doctors and nurses are trained in pediatric advanced life support.


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Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-312-7508