|Individuals holding shovels are, from left to right: Dr. Mark Buehnerkemper, Sutter Lakeside Hospital Foundation Board chair; Joseph Prisco, manager of Sutter Lakeside Physical Therapy; and Siri Nelson, chief administrative officer of Sutter Lakeside Hospital. Courtesy photo.|
LAKEPORT, Calif. – Sutter Lakeside Hospital recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its outdoor mobility park, made possible by a community fundraising effort and a matching grant from Sutter Health.
The park will help stroke patients and people suffering from physically debilitating injuries to regain their ability to negotiate challenging surfaces, inclines, and real-life situations under the watchful eye of Sutter Lakeside staff.
The park, which will be constructed by Curt Winchester of In-Site Project Planning, was made possible through the efforts of the Sutter Lakeside Foundation, which raised local donations of $133,459, and a Sutter Health grant of $100,000.
“The mobility park is entirely the product of philanthropy,” remarked Sutter Lakeside Chief Administrative Officer Siri Nelson. “Without our dedicated foundation board and our generous community, this project would not exist. The park provides our physical therapy patients with surfaces that they’ll have to navigate outside of the hospital setting, all in one place.”
The groundbreaking took place on April 11 at the park site, which will be located behind the Wellness Center. The project should be completed by mid-summer, according to Nelson.