Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Rededicate Historical Art Work
What: Leaders at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital (SMEH) will rededicate a painting that has been part of the hospital’s history for nearly 100 years. The Visitation depicts the hospital’s namesakes, Sts. Mary and Elizabeth and their meeting recorded in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke.
When: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 9 a.m.
Where: Main Lobby of Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, 1850 Bluegrass Avenue, Louisville
Interview and Photo Opportunities:
· Jim Parobek, President/CEO, SMEH
· Members of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
· Martin Margulis, former board member retired executive Bacon’s Department Stores
The painting is a museum-quality reproduction of an oil-on-wood work completed in 1503 by Mariotto Albertinelli during the Italian Renaissance. The original now hangs in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
This reproduction was commissioned in 1919 and presented to SMEH the following year by Edwin Bacon of the former Bacon’s Department Store in Louisville. It hung in the main entrance to the hospital, then located at 12th and Magnolia in Old Louisville.
The painting has now been relocated to the main entrance of the current SMEH at 1850 Bluegrass Avenue in South Louisville.
Taking part in the rededication will be members of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the order which founded SMEH in 1874. Also participating will be former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare board member Martin Margulis, a retired executive of the Bacon’s organization.
About Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital
Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital (SMEH), a service of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare, is a 331-bed, full-service hospital, founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1874. SMEH offers a full range of vascular, orthopaedic, cardiac, medical imaging, surgical and emergency services, a wound healing center, sleep disorders center and has three medical plazas on campus to provide office space for a wide array of physicians representing a number of specialties. Additionally, SMEH is home to Jewish Bariatric Care, the region’s only weight-loss management program utilizing the Lap-Band® System and The Women’s Center, a state-of-the-art diagnostic facility specifically for women.