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Garden party raises money for BCH Memorial Garden

PICK A POSY — Pictured are the plans for the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Memorial Garden, which is scheduled to be dedicated this October. Submitted by Marilyn Werner.
SPRINGVILLE — On May 30, the sun shone over a garden party, scheduled to raise money for the exterior renovation project and memorial garden at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

Nearly 200 people attended the event, held at the Springville Country Club. The Springville Jazz Orchestra performed to the crowds. The event raised $12,000 for the hospital and nursing home.

“The memorial garden concept was developed, while we are in the process of renovating the parking lot and updating the exterior of the hospital,” said Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation Board President William King.

“We lost two very special people, during 2012: 20-year board member Craig Wiede and longtime devoted physician, Richard Nowak. This is an admirable way to remember them and to remember those who have served this hospital in the past, including former physicians and staff members.”

Construction for the memorial garden, which will highlight the front entrance area of the hospital and the building’s exterior, is underway, with plans designed by Connie Lydon of Lydon Landscape Design.

Lydon and her father, George Schichtel, have worked with hospital administrators and RJR Engineering, the firm that is designing the parking lot.

The garden will feature a walkway and flower-lined terrace. Several of the current trees and bushes will remain, with the addition of new shrubs, plants and trees.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital CEO Nils Gunnersen said that an early October dedication is being planned.

The main feature of the garden is the memorial/honor walls that visitors may explore, in privacy. Engraved stones will be available for purchase, through the hospital’s foundation office or from other locations, throughout southern Erie, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties.

Several local sponsors supported the garden party and additional benefactors have come forward, since the event.

“Our community understands that we have invested so many funds to update our equipment and enhance programs and services inside the hospital,” said Marilyn Werner, development and community relations coordinator for BCH. “It’s time to renovate the exterior, to provide a peaceful place for our visitors and a place where we can remember those who have gone before us.”

For more information, call Werner at 592-2871.
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