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Hospital Foundation receives $25,000 gift toward Healing Garden campaign

2/25/2011

The Hospital Foundation of Crawford County has announced a $25,000 gift from Walter and Dennis Huebner toward the Foundation's Healing Garden campaign efforts. The gift will be specifically used toward sponsorship of a special Meditation Room, or Chapel, inside the new hospital.

According to Scott Tibben, President of the Hospital Foundation of Crawford County, the donation has helped the Foundation reach the half-way point of its overall campaign goal of raising $350,000.

"We are honored to receive such generous support from Walter and Dennis Huebner and their families," said Tibben. "This gift will certainly help us achieve our project goals of enhancing the overall healing environment at the new Crawford County Memorial Hospital."

The Huebner Family's sponsorship of the Meditation Room will allow special artistic features to be constructed. Specifically, artist Tom Moberg, from Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, has been commissioned to begin working on a large wall sculpture that will depict a soothing countryside scene complete with a non-denominational chapel visible in the distance.

Including sponsorship of the new Meditation Room as part of the overall Healing Garden campaign was a natural fit for the project's efforts, according to Becky Vonnahme, Director of Development and Public Relations at Crawford County Memorial Hospital.

"The theme of tranquility that will be created in the Healing Garden space is one that we want to extend inside the building as well, as much as possible," said Vonnahme. "The beautiful sculpture that this gift will allow us to create will undoubtedly have a calming influence on those that utilize this special space inside the hospital."

Vonnahme says the overall goal of the Foundation's campaign efforts is to transform an open space of around 10,000 square feet into a vibrant plant-filled Healing Garden at the new Crawford County Memorial Hospital. She notes that much research has been done that indicates healing gardens located in health care settings can provide substantial positive benefits, such as: relieving stress, reducing fear and anger, improving mood, decreasing blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension, and much more.

Additionally, the Foundation would like to extend the theme of tranquility from the garden to four entrance/exit locations around the building.

"While many of our original sponsorships associated with the campaign have been secured, we do have some significant recognition opportunities still available," said Vonnahme. "Our goal continues to be to work toward gaining enough funding to construct the garden in time for the grand opening of our new hospital in June."

The Hospital Foundation of Crawford County is recognized as a charitable organization under Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3). For more information about donating to the Healing Garden campaign, contact Vonnahme at 263-1804.