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Donated addition flows with rest of Healing Garden at Morrison Cancer Center

HASTINGS — The public is invited to tour a $100,000 addition to the Morrison Cancer Center’s Healing Garden.

The addition, part of which faces Kansas Avenue on the east side of the Morrison Cancer Center, is nearing completion. The Mary Lanning Healthcare Foundation is inviting the public to take a look at the wonderful waterfalls and springs that highlight the project. The tour is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, October 28 at MCC, 815 N. Kansas Avenue.

The Spady-Perkins Landscaping Fund and a gift from the Beirow Family Foundation support the large-scale addition. The late Dick Spady established the fund in 2010 at the Foundation, which manages its assets.

“This new area extending the Healing Garden was a labor of love for many of us,” said Mike Allen, an officer of the Mary Lanning Hospital Trust and a member of the Mary Lanning Healthcare Board of Trustees.

Vicek Gardens of Chapman provided guidance for the project with much of the labor by Allen and Kipp Zalman, MLH landscaper. Mary Lanning Healthcare directors and administrators joined in to help prepare the garden for finishing details.

Zalman said, “This new area will provide calming garden views for our patients in the new oncology wing of the Morrison Cancer Center. On the other side, a large waterfall welcomes visitors to the cancer center. This is just the kind of project that Mr. Spady would have loved.”

The goal of the Spady-Perkins Landscaping Fund is to “continually enhance the environment of the healthcare campus through landscaping projects that not only provide visual enhancements of the buildings and grounds, but also give the opportunity for hospital staff, patients, visitors and other users to receive the unique healing benefits of ongoing contact with Mother Nature.”

“We thank the thoughtful donors who made possible this beautiful addition to the Healing Garden,” said Mary Plock, Chief Development Officer at the Foundation.