St. Charles Madras' new healing garden, with fountain and memorial bricks, to be dedicated in June.

HOLLY M. GILL - The St. Charles Foundation is offering memorial bricks for purchase for the Madras hospital's new healing garden, which is scheduled to be opened in June.The St. Charles Foundation is offering the Jefferson County community an opportunity to purchase bricks honoring family, caregivers and donors that will line the walkways of a new healing garden at St. Charles Madras.

Proceeds from the bricks, combined with a $15,000 donation from the Mountain View Hospital District, will fund the new healing garden, which is scheduled to open in June.

In 2014, St. Charles Health System approved a $16 million renovation of the Madras hospital, which added 26,000 square feet to the existing building's footprint. Due to construction, the previous healing garden — named for Michelle Mertz — needed to be moved to a larger space that is more easily accessed. Her plaque will be moved to the new space once landscaping is completed.

The healing garden will feature a fountain, accent plants and trees to create a healing environment where patients, families and caregivers can quietly reflect. The final project to complete the St. Charles Madras renovation, the healing garden will be dedicated at a June ceremony that will be open to the public.

For more information on how to purchase a brick, contact Jeff Cool at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the foundation's website at

About St. Charles Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of St. Charles Health System, the foundation works to support and improve health care in Central and Eastern Oregon. Private donations raised by the foundation allow St. Charles to build new medical facilities, purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment, keep pace with the latest technological advances and deliver exceptional patient care in a healing environment.

The foundation does more than just raise money for bricks and mortar. The organization also raises money to support many programs that benefit low-income and uninsured patients.

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