Photo Contest Promotes Healing

Alan Sloyer, MD, winner of the 2016 Auxiliary of North Shore University Hospital’s annual photo contest.

Picture this: your photo on the wall at North Shore University Hospital. That’s the prize for winning entries to the Auxiliary of North Shore University Hospital’s annual photo contest.

Auxiliary of North Shore University HospitalJudges will select images they believe elicit calming, positive responses from patients. The top three finishers will receive a complimentary print at an awards reception and their signed and titled print will hang at the hospital. Alan Sloyer, MD, snapped last year’s winning entry “The Hobbits View” as he laid on his back at Glacier National Park in Montana.

“We recognize that healing is not only physical, but spiritual and emotional,” said Jackie McCarthy, senior director of patient and customer experience at NSUH. “Art can be incredibly valuable in creating a healing environment, as its beauty impacts each individual in a unique way. It can remind someone of a special time from their past, or encourage dreams of the future, it can help them escape their pain, even if for only a moment. Among the many contributions of our Auxiliary, our annual photo contest is a special tradition that allows each contributor to give the gift of beauty and inspiration to the community we serve.”

Photo submissions are $5 each and must be received by Oct. 2. Proceeds go to NSUH’s patient programs. Only 5×7 or 8×10 color prints will be accepted. For official rules and entry form, go to You can also call volunteer services at 516-562-4947.

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