Nine students in the third through 12th grades from the Aldine, Klein and Spring Independent School Districts were honored for their winning entries in the second annual art contest hosted by Houston Northwest Medical Center and Frost Bank-Northgate. From the 120 entries submitted, 90 works of art that best depicted the theme “The Gift of Nature” were selected for display in the hospital, according to a news release. The nine winners attended an exclusive reception held recently for students and their families where they were awarded monetary prizes or art supply gift baskets given by Frost Bank.
“Having worked as a nurse at the patient’s bedside I understand how important it is to have a soothing environment that promotes healing,” said Linda Mercier, RN, MSN, CEO at Houston Northwest Medical Center. “These expressive works of art help create a calming atmosphere for our patients, physicians and visitors.”
Mercier judged the competition, along with fellow HNMC nurses Crystal Goode, RN, BSN; Becky Winders, RNC-OB, MSN; and other staff members from various specialties.
“This art project is a good example of how we support the community and the community supports us,” Mercier said. “It’s a collaborative effort that benefits students by rewarding their creativity, strengthens our connection with local schools and helps make our hospital more welcoming for patients and guests.”
Entries of original artwork were evaluated on technique, personal expression, organization and relation to theme. Artwork from local students will be on display throughout the hospital for one year.