Amateur photographers from across Chicago’s suburbs submitted more than 50 photos in the South Pavilion Photo Contest, organized by Northwest Community Hospital to shine the spotlight on its state-of-the-art new building that opens May 1. Shots from a variety of angles captured the South Pavilion’s unique architecture.
“I was really impressed with the quality of the images we received,” said Polly Lleras, director of Corporate Communications. “I’m glad I wasn’t sitting on the judging panel because that was a tough call.”
The three local winners of the South Pavilion Photo Contest were announced Sunday afternoon during NCH’s Community Grand Opening event in Arlington Heights. The winners are:
- First Place – Kajsa Swanson of Arlington Heights who received a $300 cash prize
- Second Place – George Mycyk of Mount Prospect who received a $200 cash prize
- Third Place – James Bowden of Mount Prospect who received a $100 cash prize
All of the photo contest submissions were on display at the hospital’s open house, with the three winning shots enlarged for a poster-size exhibit. The community can view the winning photos at www.nch.org/more, and see all of the entries on the hospital’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NCHonline. Hospital visitors will see the winning shots framed on a wall inside the hospital in the near future.
The panel of judges for the South Pavilion Photo Contest were Mark Welsh, senior photographer at the Daily Herald; John Welzenbach, an expert photographer from the northwest suburbs; and Stacey Wescott, photo chief of the Chicago Tribune’s Schaumburg Bureau. Judging was based on creativity, photo quality, and the effectiveness in conveying the unique character of the South Pavilion architecture.
The nine-story South Pavilion, which faces Central Road, features 200 private patient rooms, a new Mother-Baby Unit, Emergency Department, Critical Care Unit, and a green design that is 35 percent more energy efficient than the average comparable hospital building. With views of rooftop gardens, the use of soothing colors, and a focus on calm and quiet surroundings, everything about this highly researched healthcare environment integrates evidence-based design to promote faster healing.