Jonas Wood Privacy Curtains for Emergency Department at Children’s National

RxART is proud to have continued working with Children’s National Hospital and artist Jonas Wood to expand his privacy curtains to the hospital’s Emergency Department in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, we installed Wood’s curtains in the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The curtain’s design is filled with animals, sports balls, fruit, vases, and flowers. They provide a vibrant landscape for patients to visually explore and a positive distraction as they receive critical care. A registered nurse in the PICU said, “We don’t know how it feels waking up from a coma. But seeing these beautifully designed and colorful, playful curtains puts a smile on everyone’s face.”

The Emergency Department at Children’s National Hospital is one of the busiest in the country: they see over 90,000 patients each year. The extension of the project has allowed RxART to install curtains around 44 beds in the E.D. that offer some of the only privacy in mostly multiple-bed rooms. Children’s National is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the fifth straight year, as of 2022 it is ranked #5 in the nation, and ranked in all specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. The Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus opened in 2021, a first-of-its-kind pediatric hub dedicated to developing new and better ways to care for kids.

Every RxART project is produced at no cost to the hospital. RxART is deeply grateful to the Rallis Foundation for generously underwriting this project. For more information on this project, please contact Megan Skidmore, Director of Development, at

Images; Jonas Wood, “Doodle privacy curtain” installed 2020, children’s national hospital