Earlier this week, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center became home to more than 200 feet of shining, twisting, flowing aluminum. The new “Waves of Healing” sculpture was created and donated by Richard Montelone as a “thank you” to the Penn Medicine care teams who saved both of his parents’ lives. Monteleone hopes the piece, which is now suspended above the Cupp lobby, will help foster a calming and healing environment for families and loved ones of PPMC’s patients, a role he knows all too well.
In the past three years, Monteleone has spent more than 30 hours at PPMC, and none of it as a patient. In 2014, his mother underwent a successful open heart procedure, and earlier this year, he returned again after his father suffered a heart attack and would also require open heart surgery.
“Will he survive? What if he’s debilitated? Can my mom handle that?” Monteleone wondered as he waited for their doctors to deliver the news. “While we were waiting to hear about my dad’s surgery, I spent some time talking to other families who were waiting for their loved ones. All our stories were very similar. We spend a lot of time in the waiting area while our loved one is in surgery, wondering what the outcome will be. The waiting area is very important.”