‘The World Works Here’: SSM Health highlights its staff’s diversity with new artwork

MADISON, Wis. — St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison celebrated the diversity of its staff with interactive artwork on Monday as part of its annual Mission and Heritage Week.

Every year, SSM Health partners with a local artist to create art that represents the unique background of hospital team members. This year, they partnered with artist Mike Lroy, who made interactive canvas maps to show how “The World Works Here.”

He says it’s his hope he can influence others with his work.

“This is different because there is already a defined detail that I’m trying to mimic and not forget anyone or any region, and it is definitely a new challenge I am willing to take,” Lroy said about his piece.

As part of Mission and Heritage Week, team members on the St. Mary’s Madison campus were invited to choose the map they find most meaningful to represent their background and place a pin on it to indicate their heritage.

“That’s what makes our hospital wonderful, is that we’re not all of the same culture, of the same heritage and we get to share those stories with each other, share those cultures with each other and have those conversations,” Nikeya Bramlett of SSM Health said.

Three large canvas maps are now hanging in the employee entrance: one map of Wisconsin, one of the United States, and one of the entire world.