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Acadia Hospital Dedicates New Healing Garden in Memory of Anita Leonard

Posted: 06/28/2013

Bangor, ME – Nearly 200 people comprised of community members, donors, Acadia Hospital employees and members of the Leonard family gathered together Friday, June 28 on the psychiatric hospital’s campus to dedicate a new healing garden in memory of Anita Leonard. One of the founders of Acadia Hospital, along with her husband Ralph Leonard, Anita was fondly remembered by hospital officials and family members during the brief program.

“Today’s dedication was a wonderful tribute to Anita Leonard who was a pioneer, with her husband, Ralph in leading the development of Acadia Hospital over 21 years ago,” commented Acadia Hospital President and CEO Daniel B. Coffey. “The Anita Leonard Healing Garden is a legacy from the Leonard family that will provide patients, families, visitors and employees a beautiful setting for peaceful and uplifting healing.”

The garden, made possible through a generous donation from the Leonard family and designed by WBRC Architects, features beautiful plants and flowers planted by Donna Lee Ayer of Firefly Farms, benches crafted by Matt Foster, and a waterfall made by Jared Grant of Shangri-La Stoneworks. The healing garden surrounds a sculpture created by Andreas Von Huene, funded by the Max Kagan Family Foundation and created as part of the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.

Other major donors who helped make the healing garden such a wonderful space are those who sponsored three of the six granite benches: Roberta Winchell, Esq. and Monica Collins, RN, PhD; Michelle and Russell Hood, and Anita Leonard’s siblings: Virginia Gowen, Calista Hannigan, Marvia Meagher, and James Sargent. Additionally, the Acadia Brick Campaign has generated over 130 engraved brick pavers that adorn the new walkway that leads to the garden and waterfall. Of those who have donated and sponsored a brick, 95 are Acadia employees.

Acadia Hospital is a fully accredited and licensed non-profit psychiatric hospital whose mission it is to empower people to improve their lives.

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