New walking path opens at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center
Getting outside to take a walk and enjoy nature can rejuvenate mind and body and promote health. The desire to have an improved walking experience on the Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center campus was shared by several physicians who wanted to create a dedicated walking path that would motivate them and others to get outside during work breaks.
That idea gained traction. A new walking path was completed in spring and officially opened on August 17.
The one-mile path wraps around the campus, providing staff and visitors with a nearby nature walk experience, with distance markers along the way. “We hope this path encourages our employees and visitors to take outdoor breaks and enjoy nature and the mountain views from our campus,” said Gretchen Nichols, president of Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.
Employees were invited to participate in a contest to name the walking path. The chosen name for the path is Mount Hood Mile. Ken Bates, a facilities engineer, suggested the name. He was recognized at the event and received a Fit Bit from the campus Good Health Team, an employee-led committee that promotes employee wellness.
Funding for the walking path was provided by Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation, Legacy Mount Hood Good Health Team, Legacy Medical Staff Wellness Committee, and Legacy Mount Hood Administration Services. The medical center facilities team managed construction of the walking path.
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Photos (left to right)
1. Kaitlyn Morrell, Gretchen Nichols, Larry Schwartz, Dr. Harald Schoeppner, Dr. Mary Asfari-Howard
2. Unknown, Pamela Amantes-stone, Larry Schwartz, Dr. Schoeppner, Dr. Randy Ford
3. Dr. Asfari-Howard and children, Anne Moesche, Dr. Minot Cleveland, Tyrell Comeaux, Barb Kirby