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Donor Bench

The hospital's donor bench serves as functional work of art. Take a seat in the atrium of Slidell Memorial Hospital, and you will be resting on one of the Northshore's pieces of public art. A collaboration of the father-daughter team of Mike Lamb of Pass Christian, Miss., and Dru Lamb of New Orleans, the piece of functional art pays tribute to community supporters of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Foundation.

"The design is simple and clean and sophisticated, but still fun," said Dru Lamb, an interior designer with New Orleans' Eskew Dumez Ripple who developed the concept for the piece, which utilizes layered glass "bricks" worked into a grid of mahogany and cypress woods crafted by Mike Lamb, a retired steamship stevedore. "He went crazy with the wood."

Engraved onto the glass bricks are tributes to those who have made donations of $1,000 or more to the Foundation. Many financial contributions were made with specific intent to benefit the hospital's new Cancer Center.

The Board is pleased with the functional piece of art, adding, "All areas of healthcare are facing some really challenging times. This is a visible display of the support the people of this community are giving the Foundation and this hospital."


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