AdventHealth recently opened an emergency room at Flamingo Crossings Town Center near Walt Disney World Resort, serving patients in Central Florida as well as Walt Disney World Resort guests.

As part of the project, the healthcare organization partnered with Pixar animators, architectural firm AOA (Winter Park), and mosaic manufacturer Artaic (Boston) to create six custom mosaics that reflect the Disney-inspired and water-themed setting of the facility.

The installations feature iconic Disney characters and themes from “Finding Nemo” and “Moana.” The mosaics were created using robotic technology as well as some hand-cut elements integrated into the grid-style pieces. For example, two Moana designs feature a hand-cut Heart of Te Fiti detail, an ancient gem featured in the movie.

The positive distractions are located throughout the ED, including at key intersections, fostering a sense of comfort, joy, and familiarity for patients and their families.

For more on using artwork to alleviate patient anxiety, read this Healthcare Design article.


Anne DiNardo is executive editor of Healthcare Design magazine. She can be reached at