The legacy of the late Stanford (Stan) Silberman, M.D., a physician at Stevens Hospital (now Swedish/Edmonds) for nearly 30 years, was honored with the installation of a commissioned piece of art at the Edmonds campus in February 2012.
Dr. Silberman joined the staff at Stevens Hospital in 1967, where his general surgery practice quickly grew due to his marked dedication to his patients. In 1974, Dr. Silberman took a leave of absence to volunteer as a surgeon and general practitioner with the Navajo Nation Health Foundation in rural Ganado, Arizona. This unique experience only increased his compassion and commitment to his patients when he returned. “He simply loved being a doctor,” says his wife, Sue. “He was a fine physician who looked forward to caring for his patients every day — and many nights — at this hospital.” Dr. Silberman became Chief of Surgery in the early 1990s.
The Silbermans always had a passion for Northwest art; they frequented galleries, exhibitions, auctions and lectures. When looking for a way to honor her husband’s memory, Sue and her daughters were drawn to the work of Garth Edwards, a noted local artist with numerous public projects in the area. Edwards’joyful steel sculptures made them smile, so the family commissioned him to create a work to honor Dr. Silberman’s life and his legacy with the hospital.
Sue Silberman enjoyed working with the artist, and describes the end result as “a beautiful piece of a contented doctor who loved family, medicine and the environment.” She is also pleased the piece will bring joy to the patients and staff at Swedish long into the future, remarking, “Stan would have been happy with the changes made by Swedish to preserve the fine medical community [in Edmonds].”
Swedish is grateful to the Silberman family for generously donating this meaningful piece of art, and is pleased to honor the legacy of an important physician within the Edmonds community. If you would like to contribute to the Swedish Art fund, please contact Nancy Stoaks at email@example.com or call (206) 215-3256.