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UPMC Hamot Celebrates Grand Opening of New Lobby and Healing Garden

ERIE, Pa., Nov. 2, 2015 – A ribbon cutting ceremony at UPMC Hamot this morning marked the opening of  the new Suzanne and William Conner Lobby and the adjoining UPMC Hamot Medical Staff and UPMC Hamot Aid Society Healing Garden.
The 3,800 square feet of new and renovated lobby space includes a patient discharge area, a centralized gift shop, a café and a seating area with a warming fireplace. It is joined to a new outdoor healing garden, a sanctuary for patients, visitors and staff. The garden combines trees and perennial plantings with natural stones, and features pathways and seating.
“The Suzanne and William Conner Lobby is a true reflection of the world-class health care provided at UPMC Hamot,” said Des McDonald, former Hamot Board chair who played an integral role in this important project. “It completely transforms our main entry and provides unprecedented ease of access, a welcoming décor and a design that facilitates and streamlines the registration process.”
McDonald noted that the lobby foreshadows the quality, compassion and comfort found within its doors. “It is a testament to the generosity of the Conner family, UPMC Hamot Aid Society, the UPMC Hamot medical staff, Hamot Health Foundation, and all of the individuals in our community who supported this grand project.”
The $5 million lobby project included the construction of the healing garden that contains nearly 400 bricks lining the pathways, purchased by UPMC Hamot staff and members of the community in support of this project.

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