Wimmera Health Care Group has received a generous donation from a local artist to brighten up areas of the hospital.
Horsham artist Ruth McIntyre wanted to donate some of her bright and colourful artwork to areas frequented by children because of her memories of hospitals growing up.
Ms McIntyre is deaf and has only had hearing for the last four years, since she received a cochlear implant.
"I remember getting my first hearing aid as a child and the room was so sterile and it wasn’t a nice environment. My hearing aids never worked and I spent a lot of time at doctor and hospital appointments and I think some colour and brightness would have made those experiences much nicer," Ms McIntyre said.
"My artworks are always very bright and colourful. I just like colour, it makes me happy and I think it will make children happier too."
Ms McIntyre has been friends with Wimmera Health Care Group midwife Krystyna Wesolek for decades and it was through that friendship that Ms McIntyre decided to donate the art to the hospital.
"She is an amazing artist and an amazing person," Ms Wesolek said.
"She has travelled around the world, worked as a hairdresser and followed her dreams despite having no hearing until 4 years ago. She is very generous with her time and now with her art as well."
The art has been placed in several areas around the hospital including Yandilla, speech pathology and pathology.