'Nebraska Wildflowers' heart sculpture

Jim Peter, a former Bryan employee, purchased the “Nebraska Wildflowers” heart sculpture created by Valery Wachter and donated the art piece to recognize and honor the work of those who established Bryan’s regional heart program.

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Bryan Health recently unveiled and installed a “Nebraska by Heart” sculpture at Bryan East campus to recognize its award-winning heart program.

Valery Wachter, a professional artist and member of the Bryan Art Committee, designed and painted the sculpture, titled “Nebraska Wildflowers.” The design is an ode to wildflowers that greeted pioneers to Nebraska 150 years ago and remain today. The sculpture features multiple types of wildflowers, including Blue Flag Iris, Prairie Rose, Black-eyed Susan and Purple Poppy Mallow.

Last October, “Nebraska by Heart” sculptures were gathered at Haymarket Park and auctioned to the public. Jim Peter, a former Bryan employee, purchased “Nebraska Wildflowers” and donated the art piece to recognize and honor the work of those who established Bryan’s regional heart program.

Peter worked in the cardiopulmonary laboratory at Bryan in the 1970s and 1980s. During that 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 at Bryan.

The “Nebraska by Heart” public art project was part of Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Nearly 90 hearts were designed and displayed across the Capital City.

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