January 11, 2021
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, New Jersey, was presented with the donation of a piece of multimedia artwork, “Healthcare Angels,” by its creator, New Jersey-based artist Joe LaMattina. This original piece, an homage to front line healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be placed on display throughout the hospital units for all staff and patients to enjoy before it finds its permanent home in a place of honor in the hospital’s main building.
During the COVID-19 quarantine in early 2020, LaMattina felt compelled to create something to thank healthcare workers. He says, “I, like most people, found the commitment, dedication to service, and bravery of our first responders and all healthcare workers to be extraordinary. While some people clapped every night in their honor, and some people put up signs and lights, I decided that the very least I could do was to create a piece of art in their honor.”
“Healthcare Angels” was the artwork that came from this desire to recognize those bravely caring for COVID-19 patients. Richard Freeman, Chief Executive Officer and President of RWJUH Hamilton stated, “This artwork is more than paint and materials. It is a reflection of the dedication and hard work put forth by our employees during this pandemic. It will inspire our staff for years to come.”
About Joe La Mattina
Joe LaMattina is a prize-winning American painter who has exhibited his work internationally. For 36 years, he was employed as an art educator with the Hackensack Public School System and P.I. Art Center in New Jersey. Upon retirement, Joe decided to continue his journey through art. Numerous pieces of his have been exhibited at venues around the world, one being represented by Agora Gallery in New York City. Learn more about Joe LaMattina at http://www.JoeLaMattina.com
About Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Hamilton
Located in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, serves communities within a five-county area and includes an acute care hospital, cancer center, affiliated medical group, Lakeview Child Centers and the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center. RWJBarnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. For more information, visit www.RWJBH.org/Hamilton