Healing Design Project:
Fundraising for this innovative endeavor began in October of 2002 with the idea to present a soothing environment for patients in which to heal. The project began with research on the healing process and how the environment in which the patient is placed can affect this process. It was discovered that hospitals around the country were noticing patients placed in rooms with warm, subtle colors, soothing sounds and plush, comfortable furniture healed more quickly, required less pain management and experienced a less stressful hospital stay.
The project budget was $560,000 and a campaign was launched to raise the funds. This project involves areas on tour today including: the lobby areas, patient rooms and the Barton Mountain Café. Hospital staff and the community showed overwhelming support for this project and the full $560,000 was raised which allowed the Foundation to complete the project. The Foundation took great care in selecting local artists and vendors in order to promote community growth and a local partnership.
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In order to better serve the community, the helipad was opened in October of 2001. With the help of interest earnings from the Foundation’s Endowment Fund, the project, which totaled over $1million, was completed. Prior to completing the construction, helicopter landings were precarious at best. Helicopters had to land in the parking lot area behind the hospital. In order to do that, traffic would have to be halted, which would add precious minutes to the transport time. Barton recognized the need to be able to easily and swiftly transport patients to more aptly equipped area hospitals.
Family Birthing Center
In early 2009, Barton unveiled its new state-of-the-art Family Birthing Center featuring private, spacious birthing suites with soothing décor, all new bathrooms, in-room refrigerators, birthing balls, birthing tubs, and more. This project was largely funded by the Barton Foundation and was possible due to a generous donation from Ethel Mae Haldan, a long-time resident of South Lake Tahoe.
Barton Memorial Hospital Healing Garden
Birds chirping, water rushing down a waterfall, dappled light, beautiful trees and greenery, meandering paths,
benches to relax on and enjoy all that life has to offer. Thanks to the Ledbetter Family, everyone who visits
Barton Memorial Hospital can now take pleasure in the new
Ledbetter Healing Garden.
The Healing Garden was dedicated September 2009 in memory of William, Beverlee and Erica Ledbetter with a simple family ceremony and a
prayer read by Father Grace; the Garden is now a healing place
for all to visit and reflect. The Garden features a lovely waterfall
framed by a specimen pine, a rock labyrinth, gorgeous plants and
trees, and an engraved rock to forever honor this special family
that has such a long history at the Lake and the hospital.
Neal Olson Playroom
The Neal Olson Playroom was completely remolded in 2012. Come and see our beautiful new space.
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