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Ground broken for new CVPH 'Circle'

PLATTSBURGH - The Foundation of CVPH Medical Center has broken ground for the Circle of Healing and Hope.

Ceremonial shovels were used to break ground for the project on the hospital's front lawn June 14. When complete, the Circle of Healing and Hope will provide "a place for serenity and reflection and be part of the inviting landscape of CVPH grounds.

The Circle of Healing and Hope will consist of an "Angel of Hope" statue at its center, based on the angel monument in "The Christmas Box," a best-selling novel by Richard Paul Evans. In the novel, a woman mourns the loss of her child, drawing solace at the base of a statue of an angel. Though similar angel statues have been commissioned across the country with the purpose of being dedicated solely to children who have passed away, the CVPH statue will be erected to memorialize anyone of any age.

The statue will be surrounded by engraved granite paving stones, that will lead up to the statue from an existing sidewalk on the front lawn, and circle the statue. Stones are available for sponsorship - at a cost of $150 for a 9-inch by 6-inch stone or $500 for a 12-inch by 12-inch stone - in order to subsidize the $56,000 cost of the project. Crafted wooden benches are be available for sponsorship, featuring plaques with personal messages, for donations of $2,500 or more.

"The Foundation is thrilled with the support this project has received from the community," said Foundation executive director Kerry Haley. "From its inception, people have embraced the idea and we all look forward to its completion. We are certain it will be a serene and peaceful place for our patients, staff and visitors."

Early Risers of Plattsburgh began work on the project. The Foundation of CVPH has been working with Plattsburgh Memorials for several months personalizing the pavers already purchased for the project. It's expected that the Circle of Healing and Hope will be complete in early August.

For more information or to purchase a granite paver visit www.cvph.org and navigate to the Foundation section. Pavers may also be purchased by calling the Foundation at 562-7169.

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