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Columbus Regional Hospital dedicates fountain and sculpture

Columbus -   Columbus Regional Hospital recently dedicated a new fountain and sculpture in commemoration of the June 2008 flood which also adds to the hospital's healing environment features.

The fountain and sculpture, located on the patio outside the Hospital cafeteria, feature the work of Solsberry, Indiana Artist Todd Frahm.

"It has been three years since the devastating flood of 2008," said Jim Bickel, CRH President and Chief Executive Officer. "This is a commemoration of the heroic efforts of the employees, physicians and volunteers who donated countless hours to help us recover and thrive."

The sculpture, named Halcyon, is made of Indiana limestone. It features a hand supporting a bird. Halcyon is a mythical bird that is said to have the power to calm the waves. As an adjective, Halcyon means peaceful, prosperous and joyful.

Frahm's sculpture was selected by a committee headed up by community volunteer Suzie Rentschler, who serves as a board member of both the Columbus Area Arts Council and the Indiana Arts Commission.

"For many years we have placed a great deal of attention on creating a healing environment at Columbus Regional Hospital," Bickel said. "Research tells us that art can create peace and hope and help patients cope with difficulties. Combined with traditional medicine, we feel that these healing elements are powerful tools."

The fountain was made possible through a generous donation from Columbus Regional Hospital Volunteer Services. Architectural and design firm BSA LifeStructures designed the fountain and donated the funds for the sculpture.

"The fountain and sculpture are a constant reminder of the wonderful way in which we all came together to recover in times of hardship," said Laura Hurt, Director of Volunteer Services. "We hope it will be a place of respite, peace and quiet joy for our visitors."


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