Tree planting set for Saturday


Thanks to the recent rain showers, the grounds of Summit Pacific Medical Center are finally ready for volunteers to come and plant more than 3,000 tree seedlings donated by Weyerhaeuser and Elma School District. Local Boy Scout troops and students from Elma High School’s FFA Club are working with SPMC project leaders and Mark Reed Health Care District staff to coordinate a community-wide volunteer effort on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

Volunteers should bring their own work gloves and shovels. Parking is available at the site, 600 East Main St.

“This is a great opportunity for community members, staff, and patients to show their support for both the hospital and the community,” said CEO Renee Jensen in a press release. “By volunteering to come out and plant a tree, members of the community are leaving their permanent mark on the hospital site for current and future generations to enjoy.”

Summit Pacific Medical Center is slated to open February 2013. The new medical center will replace Mark Reed Hospital, and add a third healthcare clinic to the District’s service line. When the hospital moves from McCleary to Elma, Mark Reed Healthcare Clinic will remain open and operating out of its current offices in McCleary.

For more information, contact Lauren Day, Community Relations, at 360-495-3244.