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Successful Entrepreneur Valerie Cooper Makes Impact in Healthcare Facilities Sector
Her Firm, Picture That, Strengthens Reputation with Projects For New Haven Healthcare System and Saint Francis Hospital
The latest accolade, one of several she has earned throughout her distinguished career, coincides with significant advances Cooper’s firm has made in the healthcare facilities sector. “The healthcare industry is currently our busiest and fastest- growing area as hospitals and other healthcare providers aggressively construct new facilities and undertake major renovations to meet the growing demands for, and changes in, the delivery of healthcare services,” she said.
Cooper added: “Hospital administrators recognize the important role art plays in the healing process. Further, Picture That’s extensive portfolio of artwork includes paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture that speak to diverse populations of constituents including patients, employees, visitors, shareholders and the community at large.”
Picture That’s initial foray into Connecticut’
Cooper notes that these YNHHS art consulting projects, along with her affiliations with the Connecticut Hospital Association and the Great New England Minority Supplier Development Council, were catalysts for securing a contract with SaintFrancisHospital and MedicalCenter’
When renovations are complete in July for Saint Francis Hospital’s five-floor, 57,753 square-foot facility, employees and visitors will see 72 works of art comprising tranquil scenes of sunflowers and autumnal foliage; sunrises and sunsets; local and regional waterscapes;
Saint Francis Hospital nominated her firm for the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council’s (GNEMSDC) prestigious Supplier of the Year Award. Cooper’s firm is one of three nominees in the category based on similar sized businesses. In making the nomination, Robert Falaguerra, Vice President for Facilities, Support Services and Construction at Saint Francis, noted: “Valerie and her firm did a splendid job evaluating the art and complying with our wishes while maintaining the established budget. It was a pleasure working with Valerie who selected, framed and installed the art in our new building.”
The GNEMSDC winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 6 but, for Cooper, getting the nomination for a very significant sized project, and an endorsement from a leading healthcare provider like SaintFrancisHospital, will be very helpful in her strategic plan to increase market share in Connecticut and regionally in the burgeoning healthcare facilities market. “This is a very exciting time for my team and I.”
About Picture That LLC
Picture That was established in 2002 in Stamford, Connecticut, specializing in art consulting, appraisal, collection, management and curatorial services for corporations, healthcare organizations and academic institutions nationwide. The firm has assembled an extensive team of art professionals including designers, art handlers, appraisers, restoration specialists and fine art trained technologists. In addition, artwork by a diverse composite of established and emerging artists are used to implement award-winning solutions.