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Medical Center of the Rockies

Pathway to Remembrance

MCR garden pays tribute to those who have left special legacy

Those who have left a legacy in patient- and family-centered care at Medical Center of the Rockies wil be forever honored in a memorial garden.

The Pathway to Remembrance features stone walkways, sculptures, an array of plant life and beautiful sounds of the birds that inhabit this otherwise quiet area. The garden is situated next to a permanent outdoor shelter in a field just west of the hospital at 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave. in Loveland.

As visitors take a moment to sit and reflect in the garden, they can see the names of three employees, two volunteers and three therapy dogs etched in stone.

All of these people are our present and our future because they all gave of themselves and helped make Medical Center of the Rockies what it is today. They are sorely missed, but their legacy is here forever,” said Diane Gustafson, a nurse manager at MCR who has led the project since it started about three years ago.

The garden also features three sculptures. Two were purchased from local artists and an original piece was created by Joshua Tobey of Loveland. He worked closely with Gustafson to create a piece that is peaceful, dignified, caring and nurturing. The piece features a mother fox protectively watching over her kits.

The garden project was made possible through donations from employees and volunteers and through the generosity of these three artists.

This is a place to come and contemplate the wonderful individuals who contributed so generously of themselves, to contemplate where we are today and where we are going in the future … It’s peaceful out here. You can just stop and listen. The sounds of the birds and the little critters out here in the marshy areas makes it a wonderful area, and I truly, truly hope people come and spend some time here. It's kind of been a well-kept secret, because nobody has really known that it's here,Gustafson said.

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