AirCare Pilot Rivera’s art display provides respite to those at Good Samaritan

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CHI Health Good Samaritan welcomes a new artist to its Walkway Gallery. Now until April 1, the aerial photographs of Elliot Rivera are on display for public viewing. Rivera, also a pilot with Good Samaritan’s AirCare program, has been taking drone-assisted photos for more than 10 years. His company, AerialWorks Imaging, is one of the first operators to gain FAA Approval for commercial drone operations in Nebraska. All of Rivera’s artistic photos are taken outside of his pilot hours with AirCare.

“Among the most lasting memories for me are the moments when I have seen things that have been a rarity for others to see. When I backpacked through the Wind River Range in 2005, I was awestruck with the beauty surrounding me that few people would have the ability to experience in person. Likewise when flying, I am filled with the same sense of wonder as I see the land below. My photography is a means for me to document the beauty of creation, and share its goodness with others so that they can be pointed to the glory and goodness of Jesus Christ,” says Rivera.

“The use of art in a hospital setting can be a powerful aid in the healing process. Even as we began installing the display, we saw visitors pause and look at the pieces, comment on them, and take a moment to escape from whatever worry brought them to the hospital. Art can help reduce stress, change a negative mindset to a positive one, and provide a momentary distraction that allows us to recharge our emotions,” says Randy DeFreece, director of the Good Samaritan Foundation and chairman of the Art Steering Committee.

The committee follows a competitive selection process using documented research criteria for art that supports healing in a hospital environment to choose the artists featured in the gallery. A new artist displayed his or her works every four months. To submit art for consideration, please contact the Foundation at 308-865-2700.

The Walkway Gallery is a dedicated corridor connecting the main hospital to the West Tower at Good Samaritan. This gallery gives regional artists more than 90 feet of display space with lighting and security systems to professionally highlight their artistic works. It was developed as part of Good Samaritan's approach to patient-centered healing.

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