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Legacy in the News – Legacy Emanuel gives muralist her big break

In spring 2013, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center asked far and wide for local artists to submit proposals for a mural to bring comfort to rehabilitation patients. A multi-disciplinary team went over all of the entries and chose Rocellie De Guzman-Rivera from Beaverton. Her only previous experience with murals was on the walls of her friends’ homes. However, her attention to detail and use of color made her the clear winner.

For the next several months, De Guzman-Rivera would work weekends on the mural in the therapy pool room while her daughter sat nearby doing homework. De Guzman-Rivera works in the kitchen of preschool during the week to help support her family.

She has struggled to find a job in the art world. De Guzman-Rivera was a professional designer decades ago but technology in her field passed her by when she took time off to be a full time mom. She told The Oregonian she hopes the mural at Legacy Emanuel will be her big break.

The therapy pool room is located in the lower level by the Oregon Burn Center. Rehabilitation Services offers the pool to hundreds of people a year with a wide variety of needs.

  • Adult rehab patients recovering from stroke, spinal cord injury and/or head injury from the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.
  • Children ages 3-19 from Pediatric Development and Rehab from Randall Children’s Hospital.
  • Adult outpatient rehab patients recovering from: back pain, hip/knee arthritis, balance disorders and post-op hip or knee surgery.
  • High risk pregnancy moms on bed rest at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, often pregnant with multiples.