Dedication of Evans Family Comfort Room

L to R: Peg Evans, Margie Lininger, Joy Dobson Way, Barbara Evans, & Sheila Clough

On September 6th, 2018 the dedication of the Evans Family Comfort Room took place at Asante Ashland Community Hospital. This was the culmination of a “labor of love” led by an enthusiastic group of Foundation and hospital staff committed to creating a space for patients, who are near the end of life and not able to leave the hospital. Soothing colors and lighting, a beautiful headwall, a hand-made quilt on the bed, a nook for family photos, and comfortable seating for loved ones gathering to say good-bye make this room very special.

The initial gift to create the room was donated as part of the bequest the Foundation received from the Ruth Evans estate. Ruth, a retired registered nurse, understood the importance of excellent patient care and was a champion of both our hospital and local nursing students for many years. When Ruth’s daughters, Peg and Barb, learned about the comfort room project, they knew their beloved mother would have wanted to support it.

The Comfort Room project also appealed to Margie Lininger, a devoted member of our Foundation Board. After her husband, Gregg Lininger passed away at the hospital, Margie asked family and friends to donate to this project in honor of Gregg. The Foundation received numerous contributions in loving memory of Gregg from people in Ashland, Jackson County, and around the state.