Frazier Rehab Institute Adds Local Art Installations on Four Floors
Louisville, Ky.—Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, yesterday dedicated art galleries on four patient floors at its downtown Louisville facility through a new program, Healing Art, inspired by a former patient.
Louisville artist Billy Hertz was a patient at Frazier Rehab Institute when he noticed that for a city with a booming arts community, no local art was on display throughout the rehab facility. After surgery to remove a long-undetected brain tumor, Hertz went to Frazier Rehab to learn how to walk and write again.
Hertz spearheaded the effort to create the galleries, which run throughout floors one, seven, eight and 10. The works are predominantly from local artists. The eighth floor, where the majority of pediatric patients receive care, also showcases artwork from local children.
Several of Hertz's paintings from his Italian landscapes collection are on display, as well as the work of other local artists. Hertz also helped select some works that are on loan to Frazier Rehab and will be changed out over time to keep the galleries fresh and inviting.
A brochure is available in the lobby of Frazier Rehab and on floors seven, eight and 10 to guide visitors through the galleries. Funding for the creation of the galleries has been provided through charitable contributions to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation.
“Art is one of the best medicines around,” said Hertz, owner of Galerie Hertz in Louisville. “Art is a transporter, an escape vehicle, a means of finding sanctuary from what ails you. It offers solace, a way of expressing who you are as a person and most importantly hope for the future.”
“We are so grateful for Billy’s vision and passion that helped us bring art to our patients and employees at Frazier Rehab,” said Sherri Craig, vice president, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation. “We hope visitors will enjoy strolling through the galleries and admiring some of the incredible works displayed.”
The galleries are the first step in Frazier Rehab Institute’s efforts to make art an integral part of therapy for some patients.
“In the future, we’d like to create a complete art therapy program that would include drawing, painting, sculpture, clay modeling and a variety of other creative outlets for patients,” said Valinda Rutledge, KentuckyOne Health Louisville market leader. “Bringing wonderful local artwork into our hallways is a great first step to engage our patients in creative thinking and inspire them.”
Art therapy provides many therapeutic and healing benefits for patients and is often used in the rehabilitation setting to treat depression, social and emotional difficulties related to disability, trauma and loss and physical, cognitive and neurological problems.
Individuals can help support arts at Frazier Rehab Institute by making a donation to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation designated for the “Frazier Art Gallery” fund. Donate online at http://giving.jhsmh.org, or mail a gift to:
Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation
200 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, KY 40202
About Frazier Rehab Institute
Frazier Rehab Institute, a part of KentuckyOne Health, is a comprehensive rehabilitation system with more than 20 locations throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana, providing therapy in acute care settings for inpatient and outpatient rehab needs. Comprehensive rehab programs, highly skilled therapists, state-of-the-art-facilities and innovative therapeutic techniques have earned Frazier Rehab Institute national recognition. Patients span the age range from infancy to geriatrics with a wide variety of diagnoses, which include neurologic (spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke), amputations, multiple trauma, orthopaedic, arthritis, cardiopulmonary, congenital, developmental, degenerative, and general medical cases.