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PeaceHealth unveils new statue of a dove

The Columbian
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Community members gather for the unveiling of a new statue of a dove at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center's Firstenburg Tower.
Community members gather for the unveiling of a new statue of a dove at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center's Firstenburg Tower. Photo Gallery

NORTH GARRISON HEIGHTS — Patients and caregivers arriving at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Firstenburg Tower will be greeted by a new statue of a dove, PeaceHealth’s organizational symbol.

The 10-foot tall, 350-pound statue, unveiled in an Oct. 18 ceremony, was inspired by PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation Board Director Emeritus Connie Kearney, who was also instrumental in the planning and funding of the project.

“With all that’s gone on the last two years with COVID and the stress and the pressure — doing this in honor of our caregivers really made us feel good about it, to bring something happy and cheerful into our community,” Kearney said. “We’re happy to be a part of it.”

Connie and Lee Kearney’s contributions to PeaceHealth were honored by PeaceHealth Southwest Chief Executive Sean Gregory. “This is just one chapter of a very long book that is their legacy of helping us to advance our healing mission. It is a hard time to work in health care, but it is moments like today that make that hard time awesome to be a part of. I feel very grateful to be a part of what we’re doing here.”

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