Several thousand New Yorkers, HHC employees and their families turned out in support of the first ever STAT! For New York City's Public Hospitals! series of music and arts events Dec. 5 -12. Following an all star line up that joined Mayor Bloomberg at the VIP kickoff and included Broadway dancer Omar Edwards, actor Rosie Perez, jazz musician Anat Cohen, and TV personality Star Jones, the events in each of the five boroughs generated excitement and raised awareness about the amazing work of the public hospitals and the committed staff who ensure the HHC mission to turn no patient away remains intact. STAT! was sponsored by the HHC Foundation and proceeds will be used to acquire medical equipment and technology for each hospital.
Before the week closed, the HHC Foundation and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden announced that the 36-piece exhibit, Art and Healing-Healthy for the Holidays, part of the STAT! series will be extended until Sunday, January 2, 2011 due to unprecedented popular demand. The one-of-a-kind exhibit has silk screens by Andy Warhol, prints by Alexander Calder and Jacob Lawrence, and a photograph by the renowned chronicler of life in Harlem, James VanDerZee. Exhibit hours will extend Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12.