Employee Spotlight

Lauren Whitby, Foundation Coordinator

Vitals Sept 7

Lauren Whitby recently cele­brated her first anniver­sary at Ivin­son Memo­r­ial Hospi­tal this summer. When asked what she enjoys most about work­ing at Ivin­son, Lauren said, I enjoy know­ing that I make a small differ­ence in the care for our commu­nity.” It has always been impor­tant to Lauren to work for an orga­ni­za­tion that gives her the oppor­tu­nity to impact some­thing or some­one for good, and at Ivin­son, Lauren believes she can do that. 

Lauren is happi­est when she is spend­ing time with her husband, Kyle, and their 10-year-old black lab, Cosmo. If Lauren could do another job for a day, she would work for an animal shel­ter where she could spend all day play­ing with dogs. Some people might be surprised to learn that Lauren is an artist, with her primary medium being oil paint.

Both Ivin­son and the Laramie commu­nity have bene­fited from Lauren’s artis­tic talents. She recently finished a part of the Laramie Mural Project’s Gill Street Exten­sion” mural and helped install a mural at Ivin­son for patients at Behav­ioral Health Services. 

Lauren orig­i­nally heard about an art program for patients when she read about St. John’s Hospital’s Arts and Heal­ing program in Jack­son, Wyoming. She and Mark Holder, direc­tor of Behav­ioral Health Services, worked together to bring a simi­lar program to Ivin­son and our commu­nity. Lauren created outlines for two BHS murals, a labyrinth and a land­scape of the Snowy Range moun­tains. The instal­la­tion of the mural was simi­lar to a paint by numbers” process, where Lauren worked with patients indi­vid­u­ally to contribute differ­ent sections of the murals. 

Now the Arts at Ivin­son program has expanded to include a volun­teer patient art program, where volun­teers work with patients to create art during their visit. We are grate­ful Lauren chose to share her talents with Ivin­son to create some­thing special for patients as they heal and recover.