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Art to give children 'healing and peace' in new Oishei Hospital

Patients at the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital will see a new art collection when the 12-story facility opens on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in November.

Each floor of the hospital will have art to illustrate a distinct theme. The facility is still acquiring various pieces from artists who are either creating something new or featuring something they have already created.

"We will have a set of signature art on each floor that will set the theme on the floor," said Erin Sassone, Kaleida Health senior marketing associate. "It will be very nice for patients to have fun things to look at. It's mainly to bring a sense of healing and peace."

Signature artwork will be in place on each floor when the hospital opens. Other art pieces will continue to be added after its fall opening.

Burchfield Penney Art Center Associate Director and Chief Curator Scott Propeack has volunteered his time to head the Oishei art project, which includes relationships with many longstanding cultural institutions.

Reporter Karen Robinson covers the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Follow her on twitter at @krobinsonBN or reach her by email at

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