Central Peninsula Hospital hosted a community open house Jan. 3, celebrating the opening of the new Mountain Tower patient wing. It was a cold and snowy evening and still more than 600 community members came out to see the progress we’ve made.
I’d like to thank the CPH staff who worked diligently to help us open on time and our volunteers who spent many hours in helping staff orient to the new building and then made themselves available to give guided tours throughout the night.
Special thanks to the Heartbeat of Mother Earth drummers from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, who offered a special opening and closing ceremony, and to Pastor Jim Pearson who gave the opening prayer.
Dignitaries who shared messages were Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams, hospital board President Loretta Flanders and Chief of Staff Dr. Nels Anderson.
I would also like to offer gratitude to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska for loaning us chairs for the event, and thanks to the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center for its support of this event.
I’d like to recognize the following musicians who filled our family lounges and hallways with beautiful music: the Kalgin Island Quartet, Kent Peterson, Jack Will and Sue Biggs, Mike Morgan, Vickie Tinker and Katie Evans and Sarah Shoemaker.
A round of applause to the talented staff from Frames and Things who worked so hard to have the historical wall ready for viewing in the lower level of the Mountain Tower.
We thank everyone for making this project a reality and ask for your continued patience as we begin Phase III construction in early February.
Ryan K. Smith
Central Peninsula Hospital
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