COVID-19 Memorial Graces Bliss Gardens

Earlier in the fall, in the shadow of the General Eisenhower statue in Bliss Gardens at the front of Eisenhower Hospital, a monument was installed to memorialize the collective response of everyone who came together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There hasn’t been a global public health crisis of this magnitude for 100 years, so I felt compelled to create a monument to ensure we will never forget the more than 400 people whom we cared for and lost; the folks who, against all odds, survived; the entire Eisenhower staff, advanced practice providers, and physicians who labored day and night with hopes of saving lives and reuniting families with their loved ones isolated in the hospital; and finally the community and our amazing donors who continue to provide us with immeasurable support,” says Marty Massiello, President and CEO.

The monument sits on a granite circle with an Eisenhower five point star. Each point of the star has a triangle shaped metal spear with the inside edge of each spear commemorating one of the groups noted above. The other two sides of each spear bear stars laser-cut into the metal and ascending from the bottom to the top representing the lives of those we have lost. The spears, lit from within, illuminate the stars, representing the lives of those we have lost to COVID-19, so that at night the stars rise and twinkle with hope. 

“I personally want to thank you for the care and compassion you give each and every day to our patients and for each other,” adds Marty. “You are the stars that make Eisenhower Health the trusted, quality organization that we are for the entire valley community.” 

A dedication of the memorial will be held at a later date. 

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