Memorial Hermann Life Flight Featured in Latest Exhibit at the Rick Smith Gallery
Family of the late Rick Smith, Eva Archer-Smith and son Gabriel (pictured center), are surrounded by members of administration during the launch of the Gallery’s latest installment.
On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 20, members of Life Flight®, hospital administration, Chaplaincy, Volunteer Services and invited guests gathered for an intimate ceremony honoring the latest exhibit
in the Rick Smith Gallery.
Titled “Life Flight: History of the Air Ambulance Program at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center,” the installation features more than 20 historical images of the program from its inception to present day. It is curated in honor of all those who have made Life Flight the incredible program it is, from the nurses and paramedics to the patients, technological advancements and helicopters themselves.
This is the gallery’s fifth installment since it opened in 2012. Previous exhibitions have featured paintings, photographs, mixed media and sculptures by physicians and hospital employees; professional photographic images of the Campus’ beloved therapy pets; and hand-drawn portraits of caregivers by pediatric patients.
The Rick Smith Gallery is funded through employee contributions to the Annual Employee Campaign and was created in memory of Rick Smith, our late director of Chaplaincy Services, who understood the importance of healing the body, mind and soul. He led by example, demonstrating how spirituality in the workplace supported an environment of healing, and he often encouraged self-expression in others as a way to make a personal contribution to that healing.
He shared his love for the arts through his own paintings, and his encouragement and influence are still manifest throughout the Memorial Hermann-TMC Campus today. The gallery is an expression of his vision and spirit, and is open to all employees, patients and visitors. It is located on the 1st floor of Cullen Pavilion and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.