Utah artist Heather Olsen stands with her painting, “Together We Can Do This,” as it is presented to caregivers at the Intermountain Transformation Center in Murray on Monday, April 5, 2021. Olsen painted the work to honor Utah caregivers for their dedication, commitment,, and heroics in saving countless lives during the pandemic. Copies of the painting will be displayed in Intermountain hospitals across the state. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News
A painting by a Utah artist honoring frontline hospital caregivers for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year was unveiled in a ceremony Monday at Intermountain Medical Center campus in Murray as the state reported just 173 new cases and one additional death from the virus.
Copies of the painting artist Heather Olsen described as representing health care workers around the world will hang in Intermountain Healthcare hospitals throughout Utah, Jess Gomez, a spokesman for the region’s largest health care provider, said.
Olsen said the start of the coronavirus outbreak more than a year ago “was a very scary time.” She said she wanted to honor health care workers who didn’t hesitate “to step in and sacrifice so much to help everyone else” and portraying their courage has been “a healing process” for her.
Amy Christensen, chief nursing officer of specialty-based care at Intermountain Healthcare, said all caregivers will receive a copy of the painting in some form as a thank you for what they’ve done over the past year.
“It is our hope that all caregivers, no matter if they work at the bedside or they support those that do, will see this gesture from Heather as a recognition of their efforts through a very tough pandemic,” as well as providing hope for the future, she said.
“It’s been humbling to watch our own caregivers as they have given of themselves,” Christensen said. “We’ve seen acts and demonstrations of courage every single day as they know that very emotional and physical exhaustion that they face.”
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Amy Christensen, chief nursing officer of special based care at Intermountain Healthcare, left, and Utah artist Heather Olsen unveil Olsen’s painting titled “Together We Can Do This” as it is presented to caregivers at the Intermountain Transformation Center in Murray on Monday, April 5, 2021. Olsen painted the work to honor Utah caregivers for their dedication, commitment and heroics in saving countless lives during the pandemic. Copies …read more
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