Children, parents and families who visit UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital can expect a new colorful, patient-friendly look.

Intel Corporation has donated $4,800 for painting supplies for cartoonist/illustrator, Peter Menice, to paint new murals in patient waiting areas. This will be the third painting project done by Menice at the hospital.

Menice, a cartoonist for over 15 years, whose work has been in newspapers from the Boston Globe to the Santa Fe New Mexican, was inspired to paint a mural at Carrie Tingley where he frequented for two years while his daughter was a patient.

"As a parent I wanted to make the area more pleasing. I knew it would touch a lot of people," Menice said. The mural painted in a portion of the hall in the in-patient unit, first floor clinic, dental clinic and rehab reception area will complete one mural in every patient waiting area at Carrie Tingley.

According to Intel's Community Relations Manager, Leslie McNertney, Intel made the contribution to Carrie Tingley Hospital because it has a commitment to enhance the quality of life for New Mexicans.

Not only do children and parents enjoy the murals so do the hospital staff. "Peter's murals have truly defined the environment of our children's hospital," said Fred Sherman, M.D., Medical Director, whose image is drawn into one of Menice's murals as a cartoon fish.

"It is a big hit with the young patients, they love to try to find people they recognize among the characters," Menice said.  To see some of Peter Menice's work visit www.petermenice.com.

Carrie Tingley Hospital has a legacy of more than sixty years of commitment to New Mexico's children and their families.  Located in Albuquerque, it is one of five hospitals in the Clinical Operations family of the Health Sciences Center at the University of New Mexico.   CTH provides caring and coordinated healthcare to children and adolescents with complex musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions, rehabilitation needs, developmental issues and long-term physical disabilities.


Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322