On the day before the grand opening of the new Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center, Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH) held the Third Annual “Setting of the Stones” in the CPH Peace Garden. The peace garden was created following the tragic shooting incident and death of Mike Webb. According to Meg Zerbinos, CPH Spiritual Care Coordinator, “The whole community was traumatized by it and when people asked Mike’s family what they could do to help they said to donate to the spiritual care fund at the hospital and it was with those funds that I got together with Mike’s co-workers and friends and we sat down and discussed the best way to honor him. Everyone agreed that Mike was a spiritual person and an outdoorsman and that he would have liked to see an outdoor sanctuary created and that is how the Peace Garden came about,” explained Zerbinos.
The Setting of the Stones service has become a time not only to remember those lost and injured at the hospital during the incident but for anyone to recall a loved one who has passed away from their life says Zerbinos, “It’s a special time not only for remembering those gone from our life but the Peace Garden is a place to reflect on things that go on in our life that may need a place and time for reflection and remembrance. The Peace Garden will remain through the CPH expansions and even get more beautiful than it is now,” she said. Central Emergency Services Chaplin Keith Randall and Heritage Place Social Services Director Gwen Johnson read the names of the departed and family members shared memories of their family members on a perfectly beautiful afternoon in a perfectly beautiful place. A responsive reading was led by Judy Hummel RN and the CPH Threshold Choir sang “In the Garden” in closing the community service. To find out about having a name or quote etched on a stone and placed in the Peace Garden contact Meg Zerebinos at 714-4610 or Kathy Gensel, 714-4626.