Mother and Father with their 3 happy children

The Wrede and Barbara Smith Art and Healing Project

The Power Between Art and Healing

St. Luke's has made a concerted effort to provide art that is closely aligned with our philosophy for patient and family centered care. The Wrede and Barbara Smith Art and Healing Project is displayed in both patient rooms and throughout hallways at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's. Take a look at some of the art located on the 3rd -6th floors, including the Coronary Care and Intensive Care Units. Featuring photography by Paul Schiller, realistic nature scenery from our Midwest roots is the focus of portraits displayed throughout the hospital.

When patients and families are faced with difficult circumstances surrounding illness and suffering they are finding peace in artwork that fills the hospital hallways and patient rooms. Some physicians would credit the artwork for creating lesser pain, reduced stress, and improving patient recovery.

Art Inspires Healing at St. Luke's

The healing power of art has been proven by modern science. It is not only calming to look at these images; it can improve patient outcomes as well by:

  • Treating the whole person - mind, body, and spirit

  • Recognizing the role of spirituality in healing

  • Creating inspiration, peace, and hope

  • Providing hospitality that welcomes all

  • Embracing the sacred gift of life

  • Evoking compassion for those in need

Give. Inspire. Change Lives.

Have you spent time wandering the hospital halls while a loved one was being cared for? Then this project might hold special relevance to you! Consider contributing to The Wrede and Barbara Smith Art and Healing Project with a gift that honors a loved one in your life. There are still many areas of the hospital that need the warm touch of a well-chosen piece of art.

To learn more about this project and other giving opportunities to honor or memorialize a loved one please contact St. Luke's Foundation.

In Loving memory of Wrede and Barbara Smith

This project first came to fruition thanks to the generosity of the Smith family and their support of St. Luke's. A gift of legacy created by the Smith children in remembrance of their parents, Wrede and Barbara, this art and healing project illuminates the power of generosity. Known as loving parents and respected community members, Wrede and Barbara Smith were also generous with both their time and financial gifts. They taught their children those same values. While growing the family business, American Pop Corn Company, and making Jolly Time Popcorn a household name, the Smiths stayed true to their values and made an everlasting impact on our community by investing back in Siouxland.

Later in life when healthcare challenges arose, the Smith's chose St. Luke's as their healthcare provider of choice. Therefore, when it came time for the Smith children to make a gift in the memory of their parents, they knew sharing their generosity with St. Luke's was the right choice. The Art and Healing project stood out to the family as the right gift to leave a legacy of Wrede and Barbara Smith.