Hospital Stairway Mural Project Open House - October 3, 2014

September 19, 2014
Keene, NH

stairwell painting

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene’s (CMC/DHK) Employee Wellness Program is excited to announce that the South stairwell of the hospital building has undergone a beautiful transformation to feature a colorful, multi-level, Monadnock-themed mural. On Friday evening, October 3rd between 5:30-7:30 p.m. CMC/DHK will host an open house and reception, open to the public, to celebrate the project’s completion and artists’ accomplishments. The reception will begin on the ground floor of the South Stairwell of the hospital at 580-90 Court Street in Keene. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with contributing artists, discover the background story of each mural and view each mural. Light refreshments will be served.

Funding from Cheshire County HEAL, and generous donations of time and talent by local artist Emily Sodders, Katherine Thorell, and CMC/DHK employees and their families have made this project possible. Visitors and employees are encouraged to visit, walk and enjoy the stairwell which features a progression of perspective from a ground floor cave, to wildlife scenes and ascension into the skies when reaching the final fifth floor landing. An important motivator in encouraging people to take the stairs is making stairwells a more inviting place to be. The ‘Take the Stairs’ campaign has reminders and prompts placed throughout the building encouraging the use of the stairs. The belief is that by pairing reminders along with the new look and feel of the stairwell, employees and visitors will choose the stairs more often. ‘Take the Stairs’ is one of the many ways CMC/DHK and the Healthy Monadnock 2020 initiative encourage healthy behaviors for employees and the larger community.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Healthy Monadnock 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation’s healthiest community by 2020. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit

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