On Tuesday, July 29, artist Amy Ringholz and her staff installed the painting
“Catch Fire, Rise Again” in the new Oncology Pavilion at St.
John’s Medical Center. An anonymous donor gave the painting to the
oncology department in appreciation for the care offered by St. John’s
Staff and patients were particularly excited about the addition to the
Oncology department, as the bold oil and ink painting features a phoenix,
a mythical being that dies in fire and is then reborn from the ashes.
Inspiring, uplifting, and hopeful, the painting is symbolic of recovery
“I think that a painting was always meant to go where it ends up,”
Ringholz said as “Catch Fire, Rise Again,” was hung in the
patient care area.
St. John’s Hospital Foundation, which is the steward of the hospital's
art collection, was pleased to accept the donation.
“Our mission is to create a healing environment,” said Foundation
vice president, Jen Simon, who, in partnership with the community art
committee, oversees the hospital's art collection. “And clinical
research continues to document the benefits of art. Art in hospitals has
been proven to improve recuperation time, lower blood pressure, and contribute
to staff morale.”
The Oncology Pavilion opened in early April as part of the recent expansion
at St. John’s Medical Center. The new space includes increased privacy
with electric chemotherapy treatment chairs, a nurses’ station,
two exam rooms, a therapy procedure room, and offices for staff including
University of Utah Health Care’s Dr. John Ward who visits every
For more information or to donate to St. John’s Hospital Foundation, visit
www.stjohnshospitalfoundation.org or contact John Goettler, president, at 307 739 7516 or Jen Simon, vice
president, at 307 739 7529.
Media Contacts: Karen Connelly, 739-7380,
Jen Simon, 739-7529,