Healing Garden to Be Named in Honor of Late Hospital CEO
Apr 27, 2018 05:41PM
● By Flint Zerangue, Sr.
The legacy of healing and family-centered care established by the late Kathy Bobbs will continue in her memory in the Healing Garden at Women’s & Children’s Hospital.
Bobbs, president and chief executive officer of Women’s & Children’s for the past 18 years, passed away unexpectedly on April 21. On Tuesday, the hospital announced it would make a donation to the Kites Above Acadiana Kids Fund to have the fund’s initial project, the Healing Garden at Women’s & Children’s Hospital, bear her name.
“There are just no words to say,” said Judy Dunn, chair of the Kites Above Acadiana fundraising committee. “The news is so bittersweet. But, it’s proof that God can transform such profound pain and loss into something so beautiful that will foster healing and comfort for countless families for generations to come.”
Kites Above Acadiana Kids Fund through the Community Foundation of Acadiana impacts hospitalized children and their families through play, education and housing. The Healing Garden at Women’s & Children’s will feature wheelchair and IV pole-accessible pathways, an interactive play space including a stage for performances, space for reflection and meditation and a fountain with artwork from renowned artist Vergie Banks as the centerpiece.
The project is expected to cost $650,000 and take nine months to complete. Multiple sponsorship and other donation opportunities are available. Take a virtual tour of the Healing Garden project and learn more about sponsorship opportunities to support the project at www.Womens-Childrens.com/KitesAboveAcadiana.
The family of Kathy Bobbs requested in lieu of flowers donations be made in her memory to the Healing Garden project. Donors can mail a check to Community Foundation of Acadiana, 1035 Camellia Boulevard, Suite 100, Lafayette, Louisiana, 70508. In the check memo write Kites Above Acadiana.
Community Foundation of Acadiana’s core purpose is to build legacies and improve communities by connecting generous people to the causes they care about. CFA is one of south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion. CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $227.5 million and has made cumulative grants of more than $110.4 million. Learn more at www.cfacadiana.org.