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Pagosa Mountain Hospital Tree Carving Project complete

The landscape has been aesthetically transformed in front of the Pagosa Mountain Hospital’s South Pagosa Boulevard main entrance.

Well-known, local artist Chad Haspels recently completed the carving of the third tree in his sculptural triptych, “Healing Waters of Pagosa.” Haspels’ third sculpture is of a larger-than-life female figure holding a vessel of carved water gently cascading down the sculpture; a poignant tribute to Dr. Mary Fisher, the iconic and beloved doctor of olden-day Pagosa Springs.

Both the Pagosa Springs Arts Council and Pagosa Mountain Hospital were awarded a 2009 Pagosa Pride Award Honorable Mention for their contributions and efforts in creating and executing the Tree Carving Project. The award was presented to Dr. Katharine Frisbee, PSAC board director, on behalf of the two organizations by the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s 2010 Annual Business Meeting.

Bradley A. Cochennet, the hospital’s chief executive officer, Kelly Johnson, the hospital’s administrative coordinator, and I express our sincerest thanks to all of the very generous donors who made the Tree Carving Project a reality: the Dr. Mary Fisher Foundation, Pamela Hamilton and Steve Levy, G.M. and Julene Campbell, Don and Paula Ford, Jim Knoll, Robert E. McCormack, Ron and Cindy Gustafson, Dale and Jeanine Malaney, Bob Howard, Richard Shildt, Jim Stacy, Marilyn Copley, Mark Floyd, Chuck Gordon, Truett Forrest, Betsy Cotton, Siri Schuchardt, Buck and Dr Katharine Frisbee, and the Pagosa Springs Women’s Club. We could not have accomplished this project without you!

Brad, Kelly and I also want to thank Chad Haspels for his in-kind contributions to the project and his artistic brilliance and creativity. Bravo, Chad!

The Tree Carving Project truly emulates the peaceful yet powerful healing environment of the inspirational Pagosa Springs area. I thank all of you for your common vision to support Change for Pagosa.