COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new block-long, tree-lined park with a unique water feature and serene areas for respite has been rededicated at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The redesigned Chlois G. Ingram Spirit of Women Park will provide a quiet setting for patients, visitors and staff. The park honors Ingram, a former hospital and community volunteer, and all women.
“Women shape and nurture us from the beginning of life to the end and whether as a mother, sister, daughter, teacher, leader or friend, their influence guides who we are today. We are proud to offer this tranquil park in honor of the women who have touched our lives,” said Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, CEO of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.
Ingram served as an American Red Cross “gray lady” volunteer at Ohio State University Hospital during the 1950s and 60s. She is remembered for teaching others to give to their community and much of her volunteer work focused on helping women and children in central Ohio. Her spirit of giving continues at Ohio State through the Ingram family’s support of various programs and scholarship events.
“This park exceeds our expectations. We are truly moved by its beauty and the sense of comfort and healing it brings. I’m sure our mother would agree,” said son, Bill Ingram.
The original Spirit of Women Park was dedicated in 2001 two blocks west of the new park in an area now under construction as part of the Medical Center expansion.
The new 1.6 acre park is located on West 9th Avenue and Medical Center Drive. The focal point is a unique, crescent-shaped reflecting pool featuring more than 1,500 glass tiles that appear to float in the water. Patients, visitors and caregivers can relax and enjoy the calming environment, which has shown to promote wellness in scientific studies.
Each tile is etched with personalized artwork from the original park that honors a special woman in the life of the tile’s donor. Dr. Jane Goleman and Dr. Kathy Goleman-McKee celebrated their mother with a tile. As a young girl, Maurine Goleman dreamed of becoming a doctor. Family circumstances prevented her from fulfilling that goal, but she inspired her daughters to achieve their dreams of becoming physicians.
“The park represents the spirit of determination, hope and compassion that women like our mother share with their loved ones and friends,” says Dr. Jane Goleman, a Columbus pediatrician.
The new Spirit of Women Park has Wi-Fi access and incorporates several environmentally conscious aspects including bioretention cells to purify and reuse rain water in green spaces, low-energy lighting, and earthen mounds to help reduce noise. Trees from the original park were preserved and replanted in the new space.
The park is part of the Medical Center expansion that includes the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Center to be completed in 2014.
Contact: Marti Leitch, OSU Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or Marti.Leitch@osumc.edu