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Permanent Installation: "Rose Sisters"
Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, WI
Photos taken by Gundersen Lutheran Hospital

Gail Rose

The "Rose Sisters" were designed and created in 2010 for the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, WI. Inspired by my mother's experiences during treatment, the Rose Sisters are designed to provide comfort and peace to the patients while they wait for treatment and for news of diagnosis. (pdf brochure)

Greeting Rose welcomes people as they enter the Breast Care Center. She stands over 4 feet tall. Her Sunflowers shine brightly signifying the resilience of her spirit no matter what happens.

Denise Rose is in the inner waiting room comforting those waiting for treatment. She is over 4 feet tall. She has the first part of an interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' depicting the mountainous climb she is just beginning. Even so, stars of hope shine in the dark night sky.

Denise Rose
Callie Marie, Kayla, and Karisa Rose
Callie Marie, Kayla, and Karisa Rose walk together hand in hand helping each other get through the treatment process. They are each over 4 feet tall. These Sisters make it up the big mountain of treatment and through radiation leaning on each other since they are all in treatment at the same time.

Sandra Rose named after my mom. She stands over 4 feet tall in a stance that says, "I don't want to be here, but I know I need to be, so here I am". Sandra Rose also has the moon shining symbolizing a successful treatment. She has made it! On the green jacket you can see rose vines wrapping around Sandra. These symbolize the many professionals that work hard to make her treatment as successful as possible. These can be found on all the Rose Sisters but one.

Sandra Rose
Sister Jean Rose

Sister Jean Rose is in a thoughtful pose while she stands in a treatment room. She is 3 feet tall. Her inner self remains bright and untouched by the treatment as can be seen by the Sunflowers.

Katie Bea Rose contemplates defiantly as she is going to win this battle. She is 3 feet tall. Her Sunflowers are also bright. She is in a treatment room next to Sheila Rose.

Katie Bea Rose
Sheila Rose
Sheila Rose is a 3 foot rose from head to foot. She sits in a procedure room creating a sense of calm during a difficult time.

Patty Rose hangs high in a treatment room in perfect view for the patient. She reminds the viewer to remember the good things in life, even if they are small. She smells a rose deep in thought. Her Sunflowers remain bright.

Patty Rose
Ami Rose
Ami Rose can be found in the family waiting room. She is 18 inches tall. Ami is showing all of inner thoughts and feelings to her family encouraging them while they wait during her treatment.

Permanent Installation: "Ortho Rose"
CompRehab Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC
"Ortho Rose" is designed to celebrate the freedom of movement patients can experience when they have their joints repaired. Ortho Rose has a MAKO replacement on the left knee and now is running free. On her shirt is the symbol of Orthopedics, a crooked tree with a straight wooden plank next to it that has a snake winding around both. Orthopedics is written sideways and the MAKO logo reads "Restoring Quality of Life Through Innovation" along the bottom. May she be an inspiration for those going through the process of orthopedic repair.