Grandview Medical Center unveiled a monument sign and garden at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Great Miami Blvd. on Thursday, concluding a ceremony during which the hospital announced a $1 million donation.
The donation is the largest gift in Grandview’s history, according to Kettering Health Network.
The million-dollar donation was made by Mary and Harold Rieck, longtime supporters of Grandview Medical Center. The money is to be used to name Grandview’s medical education building and library, and to support its renovation, according to KHN spokesperson Leigh Hall.
Mary Rieck serves as a trustee on the Grandview Foundation board of trustees and is a member of its executive committee. She also is a member of Grandview’s joint conference committee.
“I love Grandview, I love Dayton, and I love gardening,” Rieck said after planting some of the garden’s first flowers with her granddaughter, Kailey. “We have such great doctors and staff here. I’m just really thrilled to be a part of this.”
Grandview and Kettering Health Network officials, as well as community leaders such as Dayton mayor Nan Whaley, helped cut the ribbon in front of the new beautification project.
The monument sign and garden can be seen as drivers approach the Grafton Hill and Five Oaks communities on Grand Avenue, heading west. The monument is meant to “create an aesthetic entrance to the neighborhood,” Hall said.
The flowers and garden symbolize “growth and prosperity” in the area.
Hospital employees, as well as community leaders and members, helped fill the garden with flowers after the ribbon-cutting.
Thursday’s dedication also aligned with the celebration of Grandview Medical Center’s 90th anniversary. The medical center is one of the largest osteopathic, community-teaching hospitals in the U.S., according to the Kettering Health Network.
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