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Mobile, Ala. (March 13, 2009)
Contact: Bob Lowry, (251) 415-1358

Three New Sculptures Recognized, Donors Honored at USA Children's Park

Da Mi Un Baccio
Larry Wooley, flanked by his sons, Dane and Heath, stands at "Da Mi Un Baccio," given in memory of Wooley's late wife, Barbara.

MOBILE – Three new sculptures were formally recognized and the donors honored March 13 at the University of South Alabama Children’s Park at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.


“Joseph’s Table,” by artist Terry Plauche, was given in memory of “Chef Joe,” Joseph Elliot Haskins, and donated by his family and friends. 


“Da Mi Un Baccio,” (translated “Give Me A Kiss”) by artist Jane DeDecker, was given in memory of former USA employee Barbara Wooley by her husband, Larry Wooley, family and friends.

“Wanna Ride?” by artist Victor Issa was given by Dr. and Mrs. Randall W. Powell and dedicated to all USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital employees who contribute to the miracles occurring daily at the hospital and to the patients there who daily inspire employees to improve their lives.
Joseph's Table
From left, Elizabeth and Bob Haskins, and their daughter, Ginny, at "Joseph’s Table," given in memory of Joseph Elliot Haskins.
With the addition of the new art, USA Children’s Park is home to 51 pieces of sculpture.  The sculpture park, located at the hospital’s Springhill Avenue entrance in midtown Mobile and adjacent to the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, is the only park of its kind in the region, celebrating children and family.  Resting on seven acres of rolling woodland, the park provides an area of quiet contemplation and momentary escape from worry and illness.
“Since USA Children’s Park opened, many have enjoyed the beauty of the sculptures and the quiet, peaceful setting it provides,” USA President Gordon Moulton said.  “The park is a place of hope, not only for our young patients and their families, but the entire community.”
“We have always recognized the importance of environment in the healing process,” Dr. Becky DeVillier, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital administrator, said.  “The USA Children’s Park allows us to extend our healing environment beyond the walls of our hospital, and we are grateful for our community’s support in making this happen.”
USA Children’s Park is open daily for free, self-guided tours.  Park brochures are available at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.  For more information on the park or to make a gift of support, call (251) 460-7032 or visit and click on USA Children’s Park.
Wanna Ride?
Nola and Randall Powell purchased and donated "Wanna Ride?" to honor the hospital’s employees and patients.
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Date last changed: March 17, 2009 4:54 PM