The public is invited to join Parkview LaGrange Hospital Board members and staff at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 27, for the opening of the hospital’s new walking track.
The project is an initiative of the Parkview LaGrange Foundation, which obtained funding for the half-mile course through a matching grant from the Olive B. Cole Foundation, a generous three-year pledge from the service volunteers of Parkview LaGrange Hospital, and other gifts from the community.
“We’ve had many people ask us about the potential to add a walking track to our campus. I’m very happy that we’re now able to bring this to fruition,” said Parkview LaGrange COO Rob Myers. “This is actually a three-year project. During years two and three we will be adding weather-proof fitness stations at various intervals.”
Following a few brief remarks, visitors at the opening event will be invited to try out the new track. Members of the hospital’s rehabilitation department will be on hand to offer tips on incorporating walking as a routine part of a healthy exercise program.
“The walking track is a terrific example of the healing quality of generosity,” observed Parkview LaGrange Foundation Coordinator Jen Will. “While the trail will be open to the public, we believe it will also provide a wonderful way for patients and their family members to get outside for some fresh air and a break. Our rehab staff has been very involved in the planning and sees it as an opportunity for some of their patients to expand their rehab experience.”
When the volunteers were approached for funding for the walking track, the response was very positive. “This seemed like a natural project for us to support,” said Millie Borum, co-chair of the Parkview LaGrange Hospital Gift Shop volunteers. “It’s for everyone in the community and it gives them a way to be healthier.” Profits from gift shop sales go into a volunteers fund through the Parkview LaGrange Foundation and are set aside to support special projects at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.
The Parkview LaGrange Foundation supports hospital clinical programs and services through charitable gifts and grants. Among on-going foundation initiatives are the Medication Assistance Program that provides financial support to uninsured and underinsured patients for their medicines and the Special Touch Program that provides patients with non-medical assistance during an emergency. The programs are greatly valued by our patients and contribute toward their good health. All donations to the Parkview LaGrange Foundation remain in LaGrange County for continued improvement of the hospital’s services, facilities, equipment and programs.
For more information about becoming involved in these or other Parkview LaGrange Foundation initiatives, call (260) 463-9004.