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Tree carvings make nice environment

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Last year, Barton Memorial Hospital Foundation created and funded the opening and ongoing expenses of the Health Resource Center. The foundation also donated $100,000 to the hospital to assist with expenses for the helipad project. An anonymous donor made purchasing a Stress Echo bed possible in the fall. The community rallied to build a $995 Endowment Fund that will help with tomorrow’s need. And most recently, tree carvings are cropping up around the hospital for everyone to enjoy.

The tree carvings, created by Jerry Toste, “The Sculptor of Tahoe,” started with longtime community resident Willette Strong. Some people know her as a longtime active Barton Auxiliary member. Others may recall her as a patient and friend with a wonderful sense of humor and warm smile. Some may go back many years and remember her husband, Lester, and what he did for the community. However, only those close to Willette know of her giving spirit and her desire to help others.

She stepped forward with a helping hand to fund the tree carvings. It was through her support that Barton was able to take the step to create art at Barton Hospital. One of the trees shows an eagle landing atop a tree loaded with playful baby raccoons. Adjacent to this activity, the next tree shows a mother bear looking over her delightful cubs. This art is for the community to enjoy.

When Barton Foundation needed help financing another tree carving, they looked to Perini Construction — major player in the redevelopment projects on the South Shore. Perini expressed an interest in giving back to the community in a way they could participate on a different level.

Discussions took place about the hospital staff and how the carved trees would help establish a nice atmosphere for staff and visitors to enjoy. Discussion continued about the good people who work at Barton and the wonderful care that is provided. Many times facilities need more than the high tech equipment to be great, and that the staff who makes it better needs rejuvenation, which can be promoted through environmental changes as well as other avenues.

Both Strong and Perini made the beautiful tree carvings possible at Barton Hospital. Drive by the back of the hospital to enjoy the environment that has been created for everyone. Keep a watchful eye this spring for the additional carving funded by Perini Building Company.


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