With the sky bright blue, Tuesday was a lovely day for the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation to dedicate the new Dorothy Ellis Serenity Garden.
The Foundation held its Dedication Ceremony for the Dorothy Ellis Serenity Gardens on Tuesday, July 15, at 9 a.m. The ceremony took place at the garden, located between the new Emergency Department building and the Hospital’s cafeteria.
Dorothy Ellis was honored for her long-time contributions to San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, where she most recently served as the Chairperson of the San Gorgonio Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors, before passing away in 2013.
Ella Zanowic, president of the Foundation, welcomed the many guests in attendance, who admired a picture of the pink granite bench to be installed in Dorothy’s honor. Chaplain Paul Schmidt followed Ella’s welcoming words with an invocation.
Dorothy’s family and colleagues were in attendance at the ceremony, and many spoke about her many contributions to the San Gorgonio area.
Lynn Bogh Baldi, current Chairperson of the San Gorgonio Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors, spoke of Dorothy’s contributions to the vision of the Healthcare District, while Dr. Jerilynn Kaibel, Chairperson of the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Board of Directors spoke about Dorothy’s visions for the San Gorgonio communities.
Banning Mayor Debbie Franklin spoke about Dorothy’s tenacity, while Beaumont Mayor Brenda Knight called Dorothy a “woman of great fortitude,” adding that the garden will be beneficial to patients and Hospital staff for finding moments of tranquility throughout the day.
“It’s significant that we chose to honor Dorothy here,” Zanowic said, ending the ceremony, “because the garden touches the old building and the new building,” symbolizing Dorothy’s contributions to the vision of expansion at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital.
At San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, our mission is to provide safe, high quality, personalized healthcare services. A 71-bed facility located in the San Gorgonio Pass, we were established in 1951 as a living memorial to our country’s World War I and II Veterans. Now in our 63rd year, San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital provides excellent care for our community as we continue to grow along with the Pass region.
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is supported in part by the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Hospital, and by the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Hospital’s volunteer organization. The Auxiliary runs the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, at 3453 West Ramsey Street in Banning.
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is located at 600 North Highland Springs Avenue in Banning. For more information about the hospital and its services, call 951-845-1121 or visit http://www.sgmh.org.