‘Circle of Hope’ dedicated at CVPH Medical Center

Foundation still has granite pavers available for sponsorship, engraving

— The Circle of Healing and Hope is complete.

The Foundation of CVPH has unveiled the results of its five-month-long effort to redevelop a section greenspace on the south edge of CVPH Medical Center’s front lawn, near its Beekman Street entrance. During an Aug. 4 ceremony, foundation executive director Kerry Haley applauded the efforts of those who contributed toward the project, which established a place for people to reflect, particularly for those who have lost loved ones.

The Circle of Healing and Hope consists of an angel statue at its center and, with its design, Haley said it will provide a serene feeling for its visitors “for many years to come.”

“We’ve certainly come a long way in a short period of time,” said Haley, referring to the project’s start in March.

Stephens C. Mundy, president and chief executive officer of the hospital, said he was humbled by the generosity of those who contributed toward the $56,000 project, noting he also appreciated the hard work of those behind the project.

“We are tremendously pleased with the way it’s turned out,” said Mundy. “It’s just a wonderful depiction of what was envisioned.”

Deena Giltz McCullough, a member of the foundation board who proposed the idea for the project, said she hopes the spot will be utilized by those visiting the hospital and by the community in general. McCullough, who lost her son, Sean, unexpectedly six years ago, said she understands how having a place to reflect can be helpful in the grieving process.

“We know that we will never forget and this angel, this circle, is one way of honoring their lives,” said McCullough. “Honoring the precious, and in some cases, too short time that they spent with us. Showing us publicly that they are and never will be forgotten.”

The hospital will a candlelight vigil at the Circle of Healing and Hope each year on Dec. 6, said Haley. The vigil will be to remember those who have passed away.

The foundation still has granite pavers available to sponsor that will be installed during an annual rededication ceremony. Those interested in purchasing an engraved paver may contact the Foundation of CVPH at 562-7169.

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