Artist Tom Heflin creates mural for SwedishAmerican’s 100th anniversary

Staff Report

Nationally-renowned and local artist Tom Heflin has created a mural (pictured) to recognize and honor SwedishAmerican Hospital’s 100th anniversary. The mural is outside the hospital’s new Heritage Center, which will open June 6, the actual 100th anniversary of the founding of SwedishAmerican.

The mural is representative of where the hospital has been and how far it has advanced, both in the development of the campus and the additions of new technology.

The mural consists of a study of the original 1918 building and the subsequent building additions in the 1940s and 1950s. A horse-drawn ambulance is also included in the mural to show how patients were received at the 1918 building.

Parts of the mural depict nursing personnel, a baby in its mother’s arms and a surgeon operating on a patient.

Dr. Bill Gorski, president and CEO of SwedishAmerican, said: “We are pleased to have such a prestigious artist depict our founding in such a beautiful way. It is a wonderful addition to our new Heritage Center lobby.”

The SwedishAmerican Heritage Center will host a ribbon-cutting at 3:30 p.m., Monday, June 6. Visitors to the center will be treated to more than 85 historical artifacts, representing SwedishAmerican Hospital’s history and culture, as well as several special medical exhibits.

From the May 18-24, 2011 issue

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