BLACKFOOT — Patients and staff at State Hospital South (SHS) can now enjoy a water fountain in the flower garden thanks to Idaho State University’s College of Technology nursing students.
The students dedicated the fountain Wednesday afternoon in memory of a
beloved employee, Marvin Welch, who served as psych tech at the hospital
and helped nurture the garden, making it a special place.
He died in 2004.
“He [Welch] helped change the culture here,” said Amos Grim, assistant
director of nursing at the hospital.
Joann Pearce, director for the “College of Tech” nursing program said that the students do a service project every year and chose to give back to SHS for the opportunity of doing residencies and clinical work at the hospital.
“It was brought to our attention that the fountain that was here in the garden was broken,” she said. “The class of approximately 33 students voted to replace the fountain as this year’s service project.”
Money for the project came from various fundraisers throughout the year.
“We have limited places in the area for mental health experience so we are so grateful for the opportunity to learn from the patients and staff here,” Pearce added. “We hope this is a place that everyone can enjoy.”