OKLAHOMA CITY - Art and medicine, marriage and teamwork merge twice a year at the Oklahoma Artists Invitational.
“It's a combination of art and medicine together, and it's obviously resonated with those who come to the show. Not only is the art good, but they actually hear something that's healthy for them as well,” said Dr. Richard V. Smith, medical director of Mercy Neuroscience Institute. “It's a team effort. We've been blessed to be a good team.”
Jan J. Smith, his wife of 52 years, is the president and one of the founders of Oklahoma Artists Invitational, a nonprofit group of artists who organize two exhibitions a year with the goal of not only showcasing oil paintings, jewelry and sculpture made in the Sooner State but also supporting the stroke prevention and treatment programs at Mercy.
“I really do enjoy anything that promotes health education. That's one of the great things about this art show, is that we can promote people understanding how to better their health. They're coming to an art show and they're looking forward to seeing the art, but then they get a chance to really learn something very significant to their own life,” Jan Smith said.
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Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.