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A woman checks out a mural at the (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A woman checks out a mural at the top of stairway 1 in the Northport VA Medical Center. (April 18, 2012)

Northport VA hospital stairwell beautification

With soft lights, calming music and trompe l'oeil paintings creating a scene reminiscent of ascending a lighthouse, the newest renovation at the Northport VA Medical Center might make you want to stay a while -- just mind the stairs.

A mural on the ground floor of stairway
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A mural on the ground floor of stairway 1 at the Northport VA Medical Center. (April 18, 2012)

A mural, seen from the top level of
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A mural, seen from the top level of stairway 1 at the Northport VA Medical Center, mimics the view from a lighthouse overlooking Northport Bay. (April 18, 2012)

Pictured is a mural on the first floor
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Pictured is a mural on the first floor of stairway 1 at the Northport VA Medical Center. (April 18, 2012)

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A mural on the third floor of stairway
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A mural on the third floor of stairway 1 at the Northport VA Medical Center. (April 18, 2012)

A woman checks out a mural at the
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A woman checks out a mural at the top of stairway 1 in the Northport VA Medical Center. (April 18, 2012)

A medical employee at the Northport VA Medical
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A medical employee at the Northport VA Medical Center walks past a mural in stairway 1. (April 18, 2012)

The Northport VA Medical Center received a grant
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The Northport VA Medical Center received a grant to beautify the stairwell at its acute-care building as a way to encourage patients and employees to take the stairs instead of the elevator. The stairwell has been transformed into a lighthouse theme by artist Jeanne Santomauro Schnupp of Holtsville, seen here at the entrance of stairway 1. (April 18, 2012)

A mural on the second floor of stairway
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

A mural on the second floor of stairway 1 at the Northport VA Medical Center. (April 18, 2012)

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Stairway 4 at the Northport VA Medical Center.
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Stairway 4 at the Northport VA Medical Center. (April 18, 2012)

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