NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City philanthropy is using art to make health facilities a little less intimidating for young patients.

NEW YORK (AP) A New York City philanthropy is using art to make health facilities a little less intimidating for young patients.

RxArt commissions top contemporary artists to create original works at pediatric wards across the country on walls, ceilings, floors, even medical equipment.

Last week, artist Jose Parla painted an abstract multi-layered mural on the rooftop garden of an Upper Manhattan facility that specializes in treating HIV-positive children.

Diane Brown founded RxArt. She came up with the idea after a claustrophobic CAT scan experience. She channeled the work of her favorite artist and soon forgot about the narrow machine.

She later commissioned pop artist Jeff Koons to decorate a CAT scan machine with his monkey characters at an Illinois hospital.