Baystate Health Dedicates Artwork in Honor of Employees’ Work During Pandemic

SPRINGFIELD — On June 29, Baystate Health dedicated a massive mosaic to its employees across the health system as a recognition of their courage and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic. Made of hand-carved sculptural tiles by New England artist Natalie Blake, the artwork hangs in the Daly Lobby of Baystate Medical Center.

The dedication event, held in the Buldoc Family Courtyard, was attended by employees from departments across the healthcare system. Jennifer Faulkner, vice president of Team Member Experience and Talent Management, led the ceremony, speaking of the importance of art in the process of healing. Baystate Health CEO Dr. Mark Keroack thanked employees for their selfless courage and compassion during the darkest days of the pandemic.

The theme of the mosaic was described by several employees, each explaining the meaning of the seven chakras, or energy centers, of the human body and how they are represented in the piece of art. Using the earth’s elements, it draws parallels between the many teams that collaborate to deliver care and the seven chakras. Others noted details they observed, such as the shadows of human faces on the perimeter of the mandala.

A plaque describing the significance of the mural was unveiled by a team of nurses and will be installed to give all who view the art an understanding of its significance. A version of the plaque, featuring a rendering of the mosaic, will be installed at other locations across the Baystate Health System.

The mural will stand as a reminder of how Baystate Health’s employees eased suffering, honored dignity, and brought healing and hope at a time of worldwide grief.