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High School Students Get to the Art of the Matter

Oak Lawn, Illinois — We’re all familiar with the old adage, ‘Getting to the Heart of the Matter.’ Recently, a group of high school students did that in an unusual way, they created beautiful works of art based on their experience after watching an open-heart surgery. During the first ‘Art from the Heart’ competition, students produced photographs and paintings in pastel and primary color collages. Their works will adorn the foyer of Advocate Christ Medical Center with hopes of helping patients cope with the anxiety of undergoing heart surgery. (Pictured right: Sarah McIntyre, Shepard High School student, beams with her submission, "Anatomy...After Da Vinci")

The high school students are among more than 300 anatomy and biology students who are selected each year to participate in “Live…from the Heart.” The program, sponsored by Advocate Christ Medical Center and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, offers an advanced curriculum in heart health and healthy lifestyles, culminating in an interactive, real-time video discussion during an actual heart operation. Students watch actual heart surgery as it occurs in a Christ Medical Center operating room and, via video conferencing from a museum classroom or medical center auditorium; they can speak directly with the team of surgeons and other health professionals during the procedure.

“Students normally walk away from the series with in-depth knowledge of heart surgery.  This time, students were inspired to capture their experience and their impressions through art,” said Sue Latocha, coordinator of community health and wellness at the Christ Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute. “To help fuel their creativity, our medical center sponsored ‘Art from the Heart,’ a friendly competition that has allowed these students to showcase their interpretations of the heart procedure.”

The panel of judges for the competition included two hospital administrators and a professor of art from Lewis and St. Xavier universities. The winning submissions were selected on the basis of originality, creativity and visual appeal.

The three top art submissions are as follows:

  • Gloria Lee of Mother McAuley High School, first-place submission, “Art from the Heart”

  • Sarah McIntyre of Shepard High School, second-place submission, “Anatomy… After Da Vinci”

  • Christian Arana of Richards High School, third-place submission, “Untitled” 

For more information about the “Live… from the Heart” series or other community events held at Advocate Christ Medical Center, please call 1-800-3-ADVOCATE (1-800.323.8622).  

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About Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, which is one of the nation’s leading health care networks.  A not-for-profit, 694-bed, premier teaching institution with more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, Christ Medical Center is a leader in health care and one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest in a number of specialties, including cardiovascular services, heart and kidney transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics and women’s health. The hospital also has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois providing emergency care for more than 90,000 patient visits annually and is a leader in breakthrough technologies, including eICU® (electronic intensive care unit) monitoring, robotic da Vinci Surgery System® and CyberKnife® Radiosurgery.  In both 2012 and 2013, the medical center was named to the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals®, while U.S. News & World Report ranked the medical center among the nation’s leading providers for cardiology and heart surgery and for geriatric medicine and ranked it fourth overall among hospitals in the state of Illinois. The hospital is also recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Center. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession. To obtain more information or to visit our newsroom, log on to:




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