Bryan Health Unveils “Nebraska By Heart” Sculpture to Recognize Award-Winning Heart Program
Bryan Health unveiled and installed a “Nebraska By Heart” sculpture at Bryan East Campus to recognize its award-winning heart program.
Nebraska Wildflowers was designed and painted by Valery Wachter. She is a professional artist and member of the Bryan Art Committee. The design is an ode to wildflowers that greeted pioneers to Nebraska 150 years ago and still remain today. The sculpture features many varieties of wildflowers, including Blue Flag Iris, Prairie Rose, Black-eyed Susan and Purple Poppy Mallow.
“We want to have art that is healing in nature,” said Wachter. “I hope that when people look at this, they feel good. I hope they can relate to it and that it brings them joy. Having such a strong connection to Bryan, it means a lot to me to be a part of this project.”
Early in October, “Nebraska by Heart” sculptures were gathered at Haymarket Park and auctioned to the public. Jim Peter, a former Bryan employee, purchased Nebraska Wildflowers. He graciously donated the piece of art to recognize and honor the work of those who established Bryan as the premiere heart program in the region.
Peter, himself, played an important role in that designation. He was stationed in the cardiopulmonary lab at Bryan in the 1970s and 80s. During this period, he helped make available the use of Holter monitors, cardiac ultrasounds and computerized EKG services to nearly two dozen hospitals in the area. He also co-developed Nebraska’s first cardiac rehab program right here at Bryan.
“I first approached Bryan about making this donation a year ago,” said Peter. “During my time here, the heart program saw tremendous growth. It really became the premiere facility in the area. This sculpture recognizes all the employees and staff who helped grow the heart program into what it is today.”
“Nebraska By Heart” is a public art project that is part of Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Nearly 90 hearts were designed and displayed across the Capital City. The donation is part of the Bryan Foundation b2020: Choose Your Impact campaign. Over $34 million has been raised of the targeted $40 million to improve health care in our region and prepare for emerging needs in the future.