Ken C. Eichner Healing Garden Ribbon Cutting Wednesday
June 05, 2018
His legacy will continue with the opening of the Ken C. Eichner Healing Garden at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Wednesday. The garden is an outgrowth of the Eichner family’s generosity. The gift they made in his memory in 2014 is the largest private donation made to the Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation.
Everyone is invited to the grand opening celebration Wednesday, June 06, at 12:30 for the ribbon cutting ceremony followed by lunch with the Eichner family.
Elements of Eichner’s career are included in the garden. Helicopter blades and parts are incorporated into the design along with native plants and flowers and seating which will include benches and chairs and tables.
A handcrafted iron gate by artist Rhonda Green, depicts a helicopter pulling the American Flag, a tradition for Ken to kick-off the fourth of July parade.
The garden is adjacent to to the Medical Center cafeteria on the same level as the new parking garage. It overlooks Bar Harbor and the Tongass Narrows and will provide patients and visitors with views of the water and mountains - as well as the many helicopters, floatplanes, and boats that pass by each day. Portions of the garden are covered by glass awnings with heaters to make the space usable year-round.
PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and also a Level IV Trauma Center for an area roughly twice the size of Massachusetts. Key services include general and orthopedic surgery, and primary, women’s health, pediatric, and behavioral health clinics. The Medical Center also has a 29-bed Transitional Care Unit.
Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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