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Mobile, Ala. (July 29, 2003)

News ReleasesTwo New Sculptures Unveiled at USA Children's Park

home delivery
"Home Delivery"
Movie Star
"Movie Star"

Two new sculptures were unveiled July 29 at the University of South Alabama Children's Park.

"Home Delivery," by artist Blair Muhlestein, was donated by the Hearin-Chandler Foundation in honor and memory of Ralph Chandler and W.J. Hearin. "Movie Star," by artist Dennis Smith, was donated by the Alabama Theater Owners Association.

With the addition of the new art, USA Children's Park is home to more than 40 pieces of bronze sculpture, yet it is still a "work in progress" as new pieces are constantly being added. All the works have been donated, and many have special significance to their donors.

The sculpture park, located in midtown Mobile at the Springhill Avenue entrance to USA Children's and Women's Hospital, is the only park of its kind in the region, celebrating children and family. Located on seven acres of rolling woodland, the park provides an area of quiet contemplation and momentary escape from worries and illness.

Scultpure Donors
USA Children's and Women's Hospital Chief Operating Officer Dr. Becky DeVillier visits with, from left, Weldon Limmroth of the Alabama Theater Owners Association and Luis Williams of the Hearin-Chandler Foundation. The organizations were honored July 29 for donating two sculptures to USA Children's Park.

"With the support of the community and many talented artists, we have created a wonderful children's sculpture park that reflects the spirit and optimism of our patients," said USA President Gordon Moulton. "Since USA Children's Park opened, many have enjoyed the beauty of the sculptures and the quiet, peaceful setting it provides. The park is a place of hope, not only for our young patients and their families, but the entire community."

USA Children's and Women's Hospital is a freestanding facility dedicated to the health of children, infants and women. Its unique services include the Hollis J. Wiseman Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery, neonatal and pediatric transports, SouthFlite aeromedical transport, high risk obstetrics, the Treehouse pediatric playroom, the Class Act in-hospital school program, the award-winning USS Hope treatment facility for cancer and sickle cell patients, and pediatric intensive care.

"We have always recognized the importance of environment in the healing process," said Stan Hammack, senior administrator of USA Hospitals. "Areas such as the Treehouse and USS Hope help children focus on being children, not their illness. USA Children's Park has allowed us to extend the healing environment beyond the walls of the hospital."

USA Children's Park is open daily to the community for free, self-guided tours. For more information on the park, or to make a donation, contact USA Children's and Women's Hospital at 415-1601.

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