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BY ANGIE TALKEN, CT
Patients, visitors and staff at Hedrick Medical Center benefit daily from the new healing gardens. However, The Gardens do not just benefit those who visit the
center; there is an opportunity for tax benefits to donors as well.
Construction on the three-acre garden area called The Gardens began in 2017 and was largely completed
in May 2018, though there is some work still ongoing. The garden sits behind the hospital in a once open grassy area bordering the Green Hills Golf Course.
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Second floor patient rooms have an overlooking view of The Gardens which feature 12 separately themed gardens within the larger, 3-acre
In late May of 2018, the Hedrick Medical Center Foundation officially opened The Gardens at Hedrick Medical
Center and despite the cooler temperatures the area's popularity continues to grow.
"Now that people can actually see it, they're figuring out how they can use
it," Chapman said. "Whether it's personally for walking, hosting a meeting in
the pavilion, or visiting someone in the hospital, we're seeing The Gardens being used in a variety of
The healing garden is visible for nearly half of all patients staying at
the medical center and are a main focal point for anyone entering the hospital.
The Gardens feature 12 separately themed areas, including the Learning
Garden with a stage perfect for musical performances or classes. The Rain
Garden features a wooden overlook surrounded by plants that thrive in a wet environment, and
the Outdoor Therapy Garden includes five circles that provide staging
areas for trees and physical therapy equipment to expand the services for hospital patients. Patients in physical therapy have a perfect opportunity to utilize the space, which sits right outside the first floor of the medical center near the cafe. The gazebo is surrounded by the Fragrance and Winter Gardens. Other areas include the main patio where employees, visitors and community members frequently enjoy lunch. The pavilion, Blue Garden, the Miniatures & Topiary Garden, Learning Garden, the Legacy Garden,
the Water Garden and Fountains, the prairie, savanna, and orchard, the Meadow Stone Wall, and various benches along the gardens paths.
Chapman said while the garden area is free and open to the public, anyone wishing to reserve the entire garden, or parts of it for use solely by their group at the time may do so for a nominal fee.
Fundraising efforts are continuing for the $1.39 million project. The
Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB) along with Hedrick Medical Center are offering a 50 percent tax credit, which was issued in support of
The Gardens project and are only available for purchase through the end of 2018.
The MDFB tax credits are a 50 percent match in tax credits toward
Missouri Tax liabilities. The credits can be sold or transferred and are able to be used over a three-year period by an individual or a business. Stock gifts also qualify for tax credits.
The Gardens will continue to grow over time, as will the ability to sponsor a plaque, bench, or tree. However, the tax credit opportunities run out at the end of the year.
Anyone with questions concerning The Gardens, or the tax credits should contact Chapman at
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- The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center is nearing completion;
and the public is invited to tour the botanical oasis during an open house Thursday afternoon,
May 24, 2018, from 4 until 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided, and a program is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. The Gardens project was constructed by the HMC
Foundation at Hedrick Medical Center and funded through donations from individuals, business, organizations and foundations.
"As the project nears completion, we wanted a way to introduce The Gardens to our patients, staff,
donors and the entire community," said Lindy Chapman, HMC Foundation development officer.
"We hope people will come out to the grand opening to see the transformation that has taken place here at Hedrick. We are looking forward to showing everyone this beautiful place that will provide space for healing and peace, as well as areas for gathering with family, friends or
co-workers." The program will include remarks from Chapman as well as from Steve
Schieber, HMC's chief executive officer, and Betty Preston Steele, Foundation president. An invocation will be given by Pastor Jeff Keck, of New Life Fellowship and HMC
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Among features of The
- The focal point of the Rain Garden is the wooden overlook, surrounded by plants that thrive in a wet environment.
Outdoor Therapy Garden (given by the Noble Dean Smith Trust which is administered by the Livingston County Community
Foundation) - The Therapy Garden includes five circles that provide staging areas for trees and therapy equipment to expand the services for hospital patients. Five different surfaces and stairs are available in the Therapy Garden to assist with rehabilitation.
Gazebo (given by Paul and Betty Preston
Steele) - The Gazebo is the focal point at the end of the Main Lawn area and is surrounded by the Fragrance
and Winter gardens. The Gazebo offers a calming and peaceful place with table and Adirondack chair seating. The building is illuminated from dusk to dawn via a skylight.
Main Patio (given by Edward P. Milbank)
- The large patio area has a pergola that provides tables and chairs in both sun and shade. The Main Patio is connected with the Pavilion and together can accommodate larger numbers of people for events.
- Blue stone winds through the garden that is full of evergreens and plants, many with a blue hue. Benches are placed for relaxing or gathering.
Miniatures & Topiary Garden
- This garden is populated with shaped plants, bushes and small trees. It rises from the Rain Garden area and flows into the Learning and Legacy gardens.
Learning Garden (given by the Gary Dickinson Family Foundation)
- provides an amphitheater-like slope to a wooden decked stage that provides space for school or other youth groups to hear presentations or learn about The Gardens.
Water Garden and Fountains (given by Drs. David and Jane Neal)
- Three fountains run perpendicular to the Pavilion, surrounded by grass, bushes, trees and plants that complement the surrounding areas.
- These gardens flank the Main Lawn on the way to the Gazebo. Plants and shrubs provide visual and olfactory variety.
- The Legacy Garden is positioned at the front of The Gardens and includes the Welcome Tree as well as a
"City Hospital" concrete sign salvaged from the old Hedrick Medical Center. Colorful, beautiful plants showcase this garden area that runs parallel to the Main Lawn.
- The Winter Garden an be found to the south of the Gazebo and includes plants, shrubs and trees that will provide interest and color during the colder months.
Meadow Stone Wall (given by the HMC Auxiliary)
- Semi-circle seating at the front of the Meadow, Prairie and Savanna areas. The wall runs parallel to the Main Lawn.
Main Lawn (given by Don and Nan Chapman and Tom and Lindy Chapman)
- The Main Lawn is the central lawn area upon entering The Gardens from the hospital. The lawn runs the length of The Gardens from the entrance to the Gazebo.
Prairie, Savanna and Orchard (sponsored by the Shortgrass Chapter of Quail Forever as a part of its Show-Me Youth Pollinator
program) - Areas have been seeded and planted by HMC's Partners in Education Class (Mrs. Brenda Baker at Central School) and children of HMC employees. This area will become a showcase of more than 60 species of native grasses and wildflowers that improve pollination in the garden and in the community.
Fundraising efforts are continuing for the $1.39 million Gardens project. The HMC Foundation has Missouri Development Finance Board tax credits still available to help with the project, Chapman said. These are 50 percent tax credits that are transferable and can be used over multiple years. Any Missouri taxpayer/entity, including some charitable organizations, is eligible to purchase the credits. For more information, contact Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107 or
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05 24 18 - The Livingston County Community Foundation has announced a $60,000 grant to be paid over three
years to the Hedrick Medical Center Foundation to assist in completing The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center. The
funds are from the Noble Dean Smith Trust, which was received by the Foundation in September 2002 in the estate of Mr. Smith. The trust is donor directed, with half to go to Hedrick Medical Center and the other half to Chillicothe High School. The two organizations prepare grant requests which are submitted to the Foundation, discussed at quarterly meetings and, if approved by majority vote and the administration of the hospital or high school, the money is distributed.
"The Foundation is pleased to have their name on the Outdoor Therapy Garden, located on the west side of The Gardens, near the hospital
building," said Foundation President Pam Brobst. "We are so thankful for the support of the Livingston County Community Foundation for The Gardens at HMC
project," said Lindy Chapman, development officer of the HMC Foundation.
"The Therapy Garden they have sponsored will expand the services of our rehabilitation department to better serve our patients. The Community Foundation is a wonderful asset for Chillicothe and we appreciate their community spirit in this and so many other
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- The plantings have been completed for the Gardens at HMC, and trees are expected to arrive and be
planted later this week or early next week. Later to come will be sod and grass seeding. In the background of this
photo, workers continue construction of the pavilion. The pavilion will be beside the main patio area. The Gardens are
expected to be completed and open next spring.
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10/12/17 - Construction of The Gardens at HMC, a project of the HMC Foundation, is continuing and the
landscape is taking shape. According to Lindy Chapman, HMC Foundation Development officer, most of the major
dirt work has been completed, and the landscape company has just begun planting. The brick walls of the pavilion,
that will be next to the main patio area, were being constructed
on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The wooden construct of the gazebo was also visible,
with newly-planted evergreens all around, near where the donor columns will
be constructed. The gardens project is expected to be substantially completed by the end of December and then
there will be some minor additions in early spring, after which, a community open house is planned.
"We're really excited about the progress so far," said Chapman.
"The weather has been really good for us." The HMC Foundation
is still currently raising funds. If you would like to donate to the gardens, contact Lindy Chapman at 660-247-8107.
The pavilion will be beside the main patio area, where people may sit to enjoy a lunch,
once the Gardens are opened next spring.
C-T Photos / Jaime Saucedo
While the gazebo is being constructed, landscapers begin to plant evergreen trees around that area of the
Gardens at HMC.
C-T Photos / Jaime Saucedo
- Active, large construction machinery is becoming a
"normal" sight through the back windows of Hedrick Medical
Center these days. Work is well under way for The Gardens at HMC under the direction of local general contractor,
Irvinbilt Constructors, and with the assistance of many other local sub-contractors.
The 3-acre healing garden will be a community space with walking trails, event areas, eating and meeting locations, as well as many areas for quiet
reflection - a community space for health and healing. Many studies have been completed on the benefits of healing
gardens, such as the one being built at Hedrick. Garden areas provide many advantages for patients and their
families. Areas in which people can pray and reflect, gather, eat and talk are so important to the healing process and
enhance a healthcare setting.
HMC Foundation Photo
"Our Foundation Board is currently making calls and raising funds for this community
project," according to Lindy Chapman, Foundation Development Officer for the HMC Foundation.
"There are many ways to be a part of this exciting community
effort." Naming opportunities begin at $100 for an Engraved Steel Tile
- much like a memorial brick in other projects - that will be a part of the donor columns at the front of The Gardens.
Larger tiles are also available at a cost $250, $500 and $550.Trees and benches are also available as naming
opportunities. Trees are $500 each and can be chosen in honor or in memory of someone
- the names of tree sponsors will be listed on a plaque in the donor area. Benches are $1500 each and include a 2x8 bronze plaque that
will be placed on the bench itself with wording of the donor's choice.
Additionally, the city of Chillicothe and the HMC Foundation have been awarded $300,000 in Missouri Development
Finance Board (MDFB) tax credits to support The Gardens at HMC
project. These tax credits, administered by the MDFB, provide for the contributor to receive a 50% Infrastructure Development Fund Tax credit based on the amount
of their contribution. The tax credits can be used by the contributor to pay certain taxes due to the State of Missouri,
or can be sold or assigned to another taxpayer. Any Missouri
taxpayer who donates $5,000 or more to The Gardens at HMC project is eligible to use these tax credits to reduce their Missouri income tax liability.
The Gardens will include an outdoor rehabilitation and physical therapy area to further expand the therapy options available for patients. A sensory therapy swing will be installed to better serve pediatric patients, as well as multiple walking surfaces for those of all ages recovering from injuries or illnesses affecting mobility.
Brochures are available
at Hedrick that detail the naming options that are available for The Gardens. To learn more about The Gardens at HMC, the MDFB tax credits or the many naming opportunities available for sponsorship throughout The Gardens contact Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107 or
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The Hedrick Medical Center Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for The Gardens at HMC Wednesday
morning on the future site. Members of the HMC Foundation Board and HMC Board were in attendance as well as
representatives from the City of Chillicothe, including Mayor Chuck Haney and members of the City Council. Also
present were representatives from Irvinbilt Contractors, the contractor chosen for the project.
From left: Lindy Chapman (HMC Foundation development officer), Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney, Wayne Cunningham (co-owner of Irvinbilt Constructors); Chris Dring
(Young+Dring Landscape Architecture), Steve Schieber (HMC CEO), Janet Buckman
(HMC CFO), Kay Young (Young+Dring Landscape Architecture), Betty Preston Steele
(HMC Foundation president). HMC Foundation Photo
ceremony opened with Lindy Chapman, foundation development officer, welcoming the visitors to the event. She then
asked Father Bill Fasel of Grace Episcopal Church to lead the invocation. Steve Schieber, chief
executive officer of
Hedrick Medical Center, Mayor Chuck Haney, Wayne Cunningham with Irvinbilt and Betty Preston Steele, president
of the HMC Foundation board, all spoke prior to the actual groundbreaking ceremony.
The project is expected to be completed this year and is estimated to cost around $1.5 million.Fundraising continues for the project and there are a number of naming opportunities available at many different price levels
- beginning at $100. The HMC Foundation has $300,000 in Missouri tax credits through the Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB) that will provide the
contributor a 50 percent tax credit based on the amount of their contribution. The tax credits can be used by the
contributor to pay certain taxes due to the State of Missouri or can be sold or assigned to another taxpayer. Any
Missouri taxpayer who donates $5,000 or more to The Gardens at HMC project is eligible
to use these tax credits to reduce their Missouri income tax liability.
The Gardens will have multiple themed gardens, an outdoor physical
therapy area that will expand rehabilitation services currently offered at Hedrick, walking trails, event space, a
fountain area, meeting and gathering spaces, a pavilion and a gazebo.Brochures are available at Hedrick that detail
the naming options that are available for The Gardens. To learn more about The Gardens at HMC, the MDFB tax
credits or the many naming opportunities available for sponsorship throughout The Gardens contact Lindy Chapman
at 660-214-8107 or email@example.com.
ABOVE: Betty Preston Steele, HMC Foundation president, addresses the crowd assembled for groundbreaking.
HMC Foundation Photo
Raises Funds for HMC Foundation
Actor, Author, Iraq War Veteran Gives Keynote Address
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The Hedrick Medical Center Foundation hosted a dinner gala to benefit foundation projects Thursday evening at
the Chillicothe Country Club. The evening began with a social time, followed by dinner and an auction. Bryan Anderson,
an actor, author and Iraq War veteran, was the featured speaker. As a
sergeant in the military police, Anderson conducted police training courses in Iraq and gained additional law enforcement experience as a prison guard at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. He was stationed in the Baghdad area.
In October 2005, Anderson was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device
(IED) that resulted in the loss of both legs and his left hand. As a result of
his injuries, he was awarded a Purple Heart. Anderson received rehabilitation for a period of 13 months at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He is one of the few triple amputees to have survived his injuries in Iraq.
Currently, Anderson is the national spokesman for Quantam Rehab and USA Cares (a nonprofit organization that helps post-9-11 veterans and their families) and is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation. Anderson is pursuing a career in acting and has appeared in feature films.
He also participates in snowboarding, wakeboarding, rock climbing and white water rafting.
His story has received much media coverage, including coverage in USA
Today, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. He shared his story and an inspirational message to the 135 people who attended the
gala. "People seemed to enjoy his message," said Lindy Chapman, development officer for the HMC Foundation.
Following his talk, Anderson visited one-on-one with some of those attending the gala and signed copies of his book,
No Turning Back. A small auction was conducted that raised $3,300. Additional donations were made during the evening. Funds raised will be split between two projects supported by the HMC Foundation: the Oncology Nurse Navigator Fund and
The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center.
Chosen for The Gardens at HMC
The Board of Directors of the Hedrick Medical Center Foundation have announced that
The Gardens at HMC project is moving forward with construction planned to begin early summer. Local Chillicothe construction firm, Irvinbilt
Construction, has been chosen as the general contractor for the project.
"We are excited about partnering with a local firm to guide The Gardens
project," stated Betty Preston Steele, HMC Foundation Board President.
"The years of construction experience and expertise they bring to the project, combined with their strong commitment to the Chillicothe community, are just some of the reasons we are pleased to be partnering with Irvinbilt on this
project." Joe Garrison, president of Irvinbilt, says of The Gardens project,
"We are looking forward to working as a community partner with the Hedrick Medical Center Foundation on this project. We love the chance to work in our own
community and can see the long term benefits for Chillicothe of a project like this
one." The next step, according to Preston Steele, is fundraising from individuals and businesses in Chillicothe and the surrounding area.
"This will be a garden for the entire community that encourages health and
healing," Preston Steele said. "We want everyone to be a part of this project, and we are confident this project will get the support of people throughout our
community." Many naming opportunities are available for The Gardens
project and Lindy Chapman, development officer for the HMC Foundation, indicates there are many options available.
"The Board wanted to ensure a wide-range of sponsorship pricing for donations to this
project," Chapman said. "Engraved steel tiles are available starting at $100 and have several pricing and lettering options available up to $550. Benches and trees are also available for sponsorship, as well as sculpture and full
gardens." Chapman continued. "A number of gifts have already been given in memory of or in honor of individuals in the community and we hope that people will continue to honor their family or friends in this
project has received support from a number of local foundations to date
- including the Joe and Lenore Lambert Foundation, the MervynW. Jenkins Foundation, the Hedrick and Lawson Trusts as well as regional
foundations such as the Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Trust and the Orscheln Industries Foundation.
"We have been so pleased with the support from local and regional charitable foundations that are assisting with funding for this
project," Chapman said. "We appreciate their faith in this
project." In addition, the city of Chillicothe and the HMC Foundation have been awarded $300,000
in Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB) tax credits to support
The Gardens at HMC project. These tax credits, administered by the MDFB, provide for the contributor to receive a 50% Infrastructure Development Fund Tax credit based on the amount of their contribution. The tax credits can be used by the contributor to pay certain taxes due to the State of
Missouri or can be sold or assigned to another taxpayer. Any Missouri taxpayer who donates $5,000 or more to The Gardens at HMC project is eligible to use these tax credits to reduce their Missouri income tax liability.
Once completely sold, these MDFB tax credits will generate $600,000 in total donations for The Gardens project.
"We have sold some of the tax credits, but more are still
available," according to Chapman, "This is a wonderful opportunity for taxpayers to support this local project and, at the same time, get a sizable tax break from the State
of Missouri. We encourage people to consider making a donation through this program to our
project." More detailed information is available from Chapman at the Foundation.
The addition of
The Gardens will also enhance and expand some of the services already offered at
Hedrick Medical Center. The Gardens will include an outdoor physical therapy area that will give the Rehabilitation Services
department increased options that they have been previously unable to offer for their patients.
Every year more research confirms the healthcare benefits in the healing properties of gardens. More and more healthcare
facilities - hospitals, long-term care facilities and even clinics, are including gardens or green spaces in their new designs and existing structures. This research shows the importance and benefits of having space available for patients and their friends and families to gather, heal, grieve and pray.
Partnerships with groups and organizations in the community will be an important component of
The Gardens. Hedrick Medical Center already has many relationships throughout the Chillicothe area and the opportunities for
those will increase with The Gardens. "We have had discussions with and anticipate working with organizations and group such as the Livingston County Health Center, the Livingston County Library, Chillicothe Area Chamber, Greater Chillicothe Visitors Region, Grand River Area Family YMCA, University of Missouri Extension office, Chillicothe Area Arts Council, Cultural Corner Art Guild and the Chillicothe R-2 School
District," Chapman said. "We are also working on an exciting partnership with the local Quail Forever chapter to involve area youth in an educational and hands-on project. The list, and the possibilities, grows the more we discuss the
Brochures are available at Hedrick that detail the naming options that are available for
The Gardens. To learn more about The Gardens at HMC, the MDFB tax credits or the many naming opportunities available for sponsorship throughout The Gardens contact Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107 or
Tax Credits Awarded for 'The Gardens' Project at HMC
Chillicothe and HMC Foundation awarded Missouri Development Finance Board tax credits
The City of Chillicothe and the Hedrick Medical Center Foundation have announced an award of $300,000 in Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB) tax credits to support The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center project.
These tax credits, administered by the MDFB, provide for the contributor to receive a 50 percent Infrastructure Development
Fund Tax credit based on the amount of their contribution. The tax credits can be used by the contributor to pay
certain taxes due to the state of Missouri or can be sold or assigned to another taxpayer. Any Missouri taxpayer
who donates $5,000 or more to The Gardens at HMC project is eligible to use these tax credits to reduce their
Missouri state tax liability. Once completely sold, these MDFB tax credits will generate $600,000 in total donations
for The Gardens project. "We are excited about the impact these MDFB tax credits will have on our
project," said Lindy Chapman, HMC Foundation Development officer.
"The Missouri Development Finance Board has been wonderful to work with and we appreciate their support of The Gardens and of Chillicothe. Their belief in this project
will help to make The Gardens a reality." According to Chapman, the tax credits provide donors to the project a unique opportunity to support The Gardens at HMC while at the same time reducing their own tax liability at both the state and federal levels.
The role of gardens in healthcare has been growing over the last 10-15 years, and there are many research studies that show the benefits of having space available for patients and their friends and families to gather, heal, grieve and pray.
Once complete, The Gardens at HMC: A Community Place for Health and Healing will
benefit the Chillicothe area. To learn more about the MDFB tax credits and the many naming opportunities available
for sponsorship throughout The Gardens contact Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107 or
Plans Healing Garden
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY
September 9, 2014
A healing garden is planned for the back side of the new Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, directly east of the facility. Chillicothe City Council members listened to a presentation about the plans and viewed a proposed design of the garden during a workshop meeting Monday evening,
September 8, 2014, in the council chambers at City Hall. Hospital representatives along with Kay Young and Chris Dring, of Young and Dring Landscape Architecture, of Overland Park,
Kansas, made the presentation. It is planned that the garden would include a variety of smaller gardens with various plantings, terraces, paths, a water fountain and a gravity-driven rill to provide a place for quiet contemplation, physical therapy and stress reduction to be utilized and enjoyed by hospital staff and patients as well as members of the public.
Fundraising efforts for the privately-funded garden are in the early stages; however, Matt Wenzel,
HMC's CEO, announced that the Hedrick Foundation has already pledged $25,000 for the project and the hospital has pledged $120,000 (most of which came from proceeds of the surplus auction held earlier this year). As proposed, the healing garden is anticipated to cost more than $1 million. Wenzel said that the goal is to create something dramatic.
Mirroring the process taken when plans were developed for the new hospital, hospital officials surveyed employees and asked them to identify their desires regarding the garden. The hospital officials will be visiting with community members next week during town hall meetings. These meetings will be held on Monday,
September 15 and Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Hedrick Medical Center.
The area available for development is estimated at 3.2 acres and plans call for utilizing around 2 acres. The garden area would be accessible mainly through the hospital
lobby but would likely have other access points. After next week's town hall meetings, it is anticipated that the final design can be developed and cost estimates identified. It is hoped that work could begin as early as next spring or summer, said Lindy Chapman, the
hospital's foundation development officer. Wenzel said he would like to see the project completed at one time, but said that he realizes that if funding is not available, the garden could be completed in phases. Young and Dring Landscape
Architecture's past projects have included work for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Power and Light District, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Awarded Grant for The Gardens
June 1, 2016
The Hedrick Medical Center Foundation is a recipient of a grant award from The
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's GRO1000 initiative, designed to create 1,000 gardens and green spaces throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, the
Company's 150th anniversary. The HMC Foundation received a GRO1000 Grassroots Grant award to support The Gardens at HMC project. It was one of more than 100 organizations across the U.S. to receive funding for a garden or green space build. Once the project is complete, The Gardens at HMC will be a community garden available and accessible to the community, patients, staff and visitors.
"We were thrilled to receive the grant," said Lindy Chapman, HMC Foundation development officer.
"It is our hope that through the development of this space, we can bring our community even closer
together." Community gardens and public green spaces play an important role in towns and cities. The garden in Chillicothe will provide a
"Community Place for Health and Healing," according to Chapman. Two areas of The Gardens will provide space for a culinary garden and an orchard that, when complete, will serve the hospital as well as the community. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Americans throw away more than 11 billion pounds of produce each year. Despite that surplus, 4.1 percent of U.S. households experience hunger, 2.9 million of whom are children. Construction of The Gardens is expected to begin in late 2016. Many naming opportunities are available for sponsorship throughout The Gardens. To learn more about The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center, call Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107.
City grants request to add more parking
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY
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- The parking lot is part of a two-or-three phase improvements
project as a result of a tax levy approved by voters in April. PHOTO C-T Jaime Saucedo
Hedrick Medical Center
is expanding its parking lot to meet the needs of current and projected growth.
Hospital CEO Steven Schieber made a formal request on behalf of the hospital to city council members during their regular
meeting Monday evening, August 29, 2016, at City Hall. Under the operating agreement with Hedrick Medical Center,
the city must grant approval before changes are made to the hospital facility and grounds.
"With the number of people coming in - not only from Chillicothe but the surrounding area
- we are at a point where we are often nearly out of parking
spaces," Schieber told the council. The additional parking lot is estimated to be approximately 175 feet by
122 feet and will be concrete. The expanded parking area will be placed northwest of the emergency department
entrance. The expanded parking will be used as both employee and public overflow and has become a necessity with the current and projected growth of services and
staff as per Schieber. There currently are 317 hospital employees and 346 total parking spaces. The new parking area will add 61 spaces.
HMC will provide funds for the project. Since it will be on city-owned property, this project will be carried on the books as a leasehold improvement. The CEO stated that HMC understands that the expanded parking and paved areas will be an integral part of the hospital and will become property of the city should the lease be terminated.
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Monday's meeting, the council approved Schieber's request to take storm water pollution prevention
steps to address erosion and runoff control issues at the hospital. Storm water control features and structures will be
placed at various strategic locations that have exhibited erosion and runoff control
issues per Schieber. The Department of Natural Resources branch in Macon has reviewed the plans submitted by HMC to design all areas to
meet the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan standards and functional use.
"Each feature, structure and measure installed will provide a well thought out and highly-functional means of slowing and regulating the runoff and will add
to the general aesthetics of campus in the process," Schieber said.
HMC will provide funding for this project.
Council Excerpt June 12, 2017 - The council on Monday discussed engineering and costs associated with the planning and
construction of a sidewalk extending from Hedrick Medical Center to near Park Center Shopping Center.
The sidewalk will be constructed using $163,400 in state grant funds, up to $50,000 from local
foundations, and $65,000 in city funds, as approved Monday night. The city had already committed to
$40,000; however, the city approved an additional $25,000 Monday night to be used for engineering fees
on the construction side of the project. City Clerk Roze Frampton explained that the sidewalk project has two parts of engineering expenses: one
for the design (which the grant allows for up to 10 percent), and one for the construction (which the grant
allows up to 15 percent). Although the grant application alloted for the 10 percent design engineering, it
allowed for just 3 percent for engineering costs associated with the construction.
After much discussion among the council members, city officials decided to move forward on the project,
noting that the city already has a signed contract with the state for this project. The additional $25,000
will come from the city's capital improvement fund. The city will now move forward with getting an engineer on board. It is anticipated that the city will begin
advertising for construction bids in November and that actual work will take place next year.
By Catherine Stortz Ripley
Three local foundations have pledged a total of $50,000 to be used as a local match if a grant to fund construction of a sidewalk from Hedrick Medical Center to Simpson Park is approved. Steve Shoot and Steve Holt, directors of Community
FundWorks, told city council members Monday evening that foundations stepped forward to help provide matching funds for the project. The Joe and Lenore Lambert Foundation will provide $20,000, the Mervyn Jenkins Foundation will provide $20,000, and the Livingston County Community Foundation will provide $10,000. The
foundations' funding would be given over the course of 23 months. If the grant application for the sidewalk is approved, the city will provide $40,000. Overall, the project calls for constructing a walking/biking trail 3,150 feet long and six feet wide. The sidewalk will also include ADA compliant crossings. The total cost of the project is estimated at $242,500 plus other associated costs. The city is applying for a Transportation Alternatives Program grant through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The grant requires a 20 percent match and with the local foundations, that match is closer to 24 percent, Shoot said.
"The foundations really need to be commended for responding
quickly," Shoot said. City Administrator Ike Holland stated that the
foundation's contributions are important for this project.
"It demonstrates the commitment from the local community and its citizens and
foundations," Holland stated. "It's important that we have a partnership with the foundations on projects like this. It encourages other funding from the
state." The grant application was submitted on Tuesday and also included several letters of support for the project. Among the letters included were ones from the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Chillicothe, and Hedrick Medical Center.
"We had a good quality of support from different organizations and community leaders that will enhance the application
process," Shoot said. The city expects to receive notification of the grant award early next year. Community FundWorks most recently received tax credits in the amount of $600,000 for
Hedrick Medical Center's Serenity Garden project and, prior to that,
$500,000 in tax credits for Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery.
City Seeks Grant for Sidewalk from HMC to Simpson Park
The city of Chillicothe is moving forward on a grant application for a sidewalk from Hedrick Medical Center to
Simpson Park following a hearing Monday evening during the city
council's regular meeting at City Hall. The city conducted the hearing and the council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the application to be made
through the Missouri Department of Transportation's alternative transportation program. The total cost of the proposed
project is $200,000 with $160,000 of that being federally funded and, if approved, $40,000 funded by the city. The city
applied for the grant two years ago but was unsuccessful in receiving funding. Applications are expected to be
reviewed in November, with the announcement of funded applications to be made in January. The approved resolution
states that the city pledges to maintain the improvements for free to the public and to maintain the asset for 25 years
from the date of completion.
/ Library Announce Partnership
Hedrick Medical Center and the Livingston County Library are proud to partner on an exciting new program to help
make waiting for appointments more enjoyable. Patients and visitors at the hospital can now check out a Kindle Fire tablet from the Hedrick Ambassador Desk to use while they wait. In order to check out a Kindle, the
borrower's driver's license will need to be given as collateral. It will be returned when the Kindle is returned to the Desk.
This is a trial program with three Kindle Fires for use in the lobby area. The Kindles are pre-loaded with 12-15 magazines through Zinio, a subscription service provided by the library. The hope is to expand this program to increase the number of Kindles and add additional locations in the hospital as the program grows.
New Hospital Plaque Honors Past Leaders
by Catherine Stortz-Ripley
CT Friday, August 15, 2014
Family members of individual who played significant roles in forming
Chillicothe's hospital into what it is today were recognized during a special plaque dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon at Hedrick Medical Center. A new plaque mounted just below the 2014 plaque in the hospital lobby, gives recognition to hospital board members and executives as well as city officials from the 1936, 1954, and 1972 construction projects.
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Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney offered comments to those attending as did Matt Wenzel,
Hedrick's chief executive officer. While many people whose names are listed on the plaque have since passed away, Paul Shelton, 81, who served as hospital administrator from 1967 until 1983 was in attendance. Several
descendants were also present during an unveiling ceremony on Thursday, August 14.
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Paul Shelton, 08/14/14
Donates for Chapel Windows
August 13, 2014
C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt
The Hedrick Medical Center Auxiliary recently donated $8,700 to Hedrick Medical Center to pay for the stained glass windows located in the hospital chapel. A plaque has been placed in the chapel to recognize the donation. The funds donated come from a number of different fundraisers including spring and fall bake sales, spring and fall book fairs, a bed linens fundraiser, a scrubs fundraiser, and sales from The Gift Box (the hospital gift shop), which is managed by the Auxiliary.
"We take pride in our commitment to help care for this community, including its spiritual
well-being," Norma Shearer, Auxiliary president, said.
"This donation is just one way we've decided to show our
The Hedrick Medical Center Auxiliary was organized in May of 1954, celebrating 60 years of service to the hospital in 2014. The volunteers have a wide range of responsibilities throughout Hedrick that complement their interests and skills. In 2013, the Auxiliary volunteered a total of 7,980 hours. Members represent many age groups and parts of the community: parents, grandparents, business people, long-time volunteers, and youth. For more information on the Auxiliary or to inquire about becoming a volunteer, call Lindy Chapman at 660-214-8107.
Underway for Healing Garden, Auction of Items from Old Hospital
March 11, 2014
With a little over three weeks of full operation in the new hospital,
Hedrick Medical Center CEO Matt Wenzel said things are going
"quite well." He provided an update to Chillicothe City Council members during their
regular meeting Monday evening in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
"We've been talking with patients, physicians and
employees," Wenzel said, "and, as a group, we couldn't be more pleased with the successes
we've seen so far."
The new hospital opened in the early morning hours of
February 13, just minutes before the old hospital closed. Wenzel said the transition went
smoothly. And now, work has been done to inventory the items of the old facility
that are no longer needed. He presented the council with an itemized list
of assets and said that there will be a closed auction April 5 to let
those who are affiliated with the hospital buy the equipment. The closed
auction will be for hospital employees, medical staff and those who serve
on volunteer boards. Whatever doesn't sell April 5 will be put in a spring
auction conducted by the city. Wenzel said that proceeds from the sale of assets will go back to the city
in the form of improving the site at the new hospital. "All this money will go toward the healing
garden," he said, noting that a foundation has already been organized for this project.
hospital is in the process of procuring the services of a
landscape architect for the healing garden which will be located
on the back side of the hospital.
told council members about a few minor issues being looked at
regarding the new hospital. One is the request for sidewalks. When
spring arrives, the hospital will add more sidewalks to increase
convenient access to the hospital. The other area to be addressed
is employee parking. He is always trying to regulate the
hospital's heating and cooling system. "We have the capacity
- it's just balancing the hospital during temperature changes. We
have to work through that." He also said the dedication
plaques which are part of the old hospital will be relocated to
the new facility, but a location for placement has not been