A local family has donated an original Blue Dog painting to be hung in the new Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center at Erlanger when it opens later this year.
Fred and Vicky Gregg, the donors of the painting, have both been actively involved with local health care for several years.
Fred is a pediatric ophthalmologist and Vicky began her career in the emergency room at Erlanger. She retired as the CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in 2012.
“We believe in the healing power of art and are hopeful Blue Dog will brighten many children’s day and contribute to a speedy, less stressful recovery,” Vicky said in a prepared statement.
Blue Dog is a series of artwork that George Rodrigue is best known for. The painting donated to Erlanger is among Rodrigue’s largest and is appraised at $165,000.
The painting will serve as a signature piece in the development of the art program for the new children’s outpatient center. The art program, similar to the one at Erlanger East Hospital, will feature unique art donated to the hospital.
“The bright and fun nature of the Blue Dog artwork is a great addition to the new Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center,” Children’s Hospital at Erlanger CEO Don Mueller said in a prepared statement. “At our new hospital, we hope to remove the stigmas and clinical look of a health care setting, and to make the experience more appealing and enjoyable for children.”
The new Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center on East Third Street is currently under construction.
Leaders expect the construction to be completed by the end of 2018.