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Eagle Scout helps Vail hospital unwind

Melanie Wong'
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyEagle Scout Chris Hing, 18, sits in front of the stress relief cart he built for doctors, nurses and other staffers at the Valley Medical Center.
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VAIL, Colorado ” You could call it relaxation on wheels.

When Eagle Scout Chris Hing’s “serenity station” hits the halls of the Vail Valley Medical Center, hospital staffers on their breaks will be able to relax with a chair massage or listen to some soothing music.

The station, a modified kitchen cart that Hing built for his Eagle Scout project, is equipped with a massage chair, books, and DVD and CD players.



The Eagle Valley High School senior said he wanted to do something “a little different” for his project.

He thought about doing canned-food or a winter-coat drive or building a bridge across Sylvan Lake. Then he heard about the serenity station through the volunteer services manager at the hospital.



“I looked at a lot of different projects, and this one struck me as a good cause. It gives to people who are giving to others,” said Hing, 17.

The serenity station is based on a similar program at the Shands Medical Center in Florida, said Amanda Visosky, manager of Vail Valley Medical Center volunteer services.

“A lot of hospitals are bringing in ‘caring for caregivers,'” she said. “This will give people the opportunity to take a moment away from the stress of the day and get a little rest and relaxation.”



The station will be presented to the hospital staff in mid-January and will be displayed in the hospital atrium or conference room for staff to try out, Visosky said.

“Eventually the goal is to have it move around the hospital,” she said.

Hing spent the past month gathering donations from businesses ” Costco and Home Depot both offered donations ” and set to work putting the cart together with the help of other troop members.

In fact, Hing spent most of the week before Christmas assembling the station, said Scout Master Bill Ponder.

“I usually like them to do (projects) that are a reach for them,” he said. “This was a challenge for Chris because it requires making about 150 phone calls and talking to so many people. But he stepped up to it nicely.”

Besides earning his Eagle Scout rank, Hing also is a wrestler and involved with the Devils Against Drinking and Drugs club at school.

He plans to study business management at Colorado State next year, he said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.


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