North Mountain Hospital's New Lobby, Surroundings Create Great First Impression

Lincoln Family LobbyThousands of patients and visitors annually will be greeted by friendly staff and volunteers as they walk through the doors of the Lincoln Family Lobby
at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital.

Before the "Pathway to Healing" at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital opened at the end of November, the Lincoln family, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and state Rep. Kate Brophy-McGee joined donors, staff and volunteers for a reception and preview of the transformation of the lobby and surrounding areas.

David Lincoln, who along with his wife, Joan, and his sister, Lillian Lincoln Howell, donated $4 million for the $5 million project, said that his mother, Helen Lincoln, would be pleased. She was a champion of the hospital, named for her husband and his father.

There was a time in Sunnyslope's history when the hospital had a choice to look inward, David Lincoln said, but the leadership and staff chose to look outward, support the community and make a difference.

Mayor Stanton talked about living up the street and being a "Lincoln kid" growing up. Once, he went to the emergency department twice in 24 hours for stitches.

Lives are not only saved between these walls, they are changed forever, Stanton said. He added he was grateful for the contributions John C. Lincoln Health Network makes to our community and the beautiful space is wonderful addition to the healing journey provided.

"The Lincoln family continues their forward-thinking and generous legacy today, making this beautiful and befitting space possible," he said.

Rhonda Forsyth, president and CEO of the John C. Lincoln Health Network, noted the new space will be experienced by hundreds of thousands of patients and visitors as they begin their pathway to healing with a soothing and calming experience. The new lobby creates a first impression on par with the excellent care provided by hospital co-workers.

"This is only possible because of a major gift from the Lincoln family. As a person who has been a leader in health care, David understood the need to provide an environment that balances medical excellence and advanced high quality patient care with spiritual and personal support," she said.

"It is a leading design that is welcoming, modern and provides support and comfort at a very human level. The lobby beautifully reflects the contribution an environment can make to create a healing and reassuring experience for patients and families."

Construction began in January 2012. The lobby, donor wall, Gift Shop, cafeteria servery, Coffee Shop, Admitting and Spiritual Center are complete. The final phase of renovations includes enhanced indoor public dining and the addition of staff and outdoor dining. Completion will be February 2012.

Additional support for the project came from the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation Guild, employee giving program Lincoln GIVES and the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Auxiliary.

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