Ancient Symbols Comprise the Aesthetics Logo

Experiencing the unique art, artifacts, and architecture of indigenous cultures has long been a passion of Annette Ridenour. In her travels, Annette noticed that prehistoric peoples often used symbols that feature the circle, triangle and spiral. “These symbols are part of our cultural DNA,” said Ridenour. “When founding Aesthetics, I wanted to use them as […]

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Aesthetics In The Beginning

Annette Ridenour founded Aesthetics; then an artist transplanted from the Bronx, NY to San Diego, CA and managing an art gallery in La Jolla. The year was 1977. An architect approached her asking to put together an arts program in a hospital, an experience that was new to her. “I began by inviting over twenty-five […]

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Recognizing the Value of Donor Recognition

Funding a modern Medical Center is a costly enterprise. These vital institutions are tasked with matters of life and death, and we all depend on them at some point in our lives. Medical Centers, in turn, depend on the funding of their many benefactors so that they may continue their ongoing operations and undertake capital […]

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Generative Space

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO), a 443-bed comprehensive community and teaching medical center located in Pontiac, Michigan, received the 2014 Generative Space Award, which recognizes healthcare organizations whose architectural designs and organizational cultures combine to produce breakthrough, sustainable improvements in health and healthcare. Only one other organization received the 2014 Generative Space Award, and since […]

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