Just inside a second-floor corridor of Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital, next to a door hung with a stuffed pink elephant, a sign set with cloud shapes and adorned with gold and silver stars pays tribute both to new births and a beloved doctor who passed away last June.
The Little Miracles Recognition Wall was unveiled in the hospital's birth center last week, and is dedicated to Lisa Lasher, a cancer survivor who worked as an OB-GYN before her death. Lasher originally suggested the wall as a way for people to commemorate births, honor loved ones and recognize caregivers, hospital officials said.
Text on two clear cloud shapes proclaims "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Oh how very loved you are," while a third dedicates the wall to Lasher's memory.
People can purchase stars or clouds to adorn the wall, and funds go to the Dr. Lisa Chaney Lasher Women's Services Fund.
Lasher was renowned locally for the personal touch she had with patients, and her unique ability to bring humor even to difficult situations.
Lasher's daughter, Anne Lasher, said her mother was her inspiration for going into the medical profession.
Other cancer advocates also praised Lasher for her activism in cancer education programs.
The fund created in her name "supports programs and the latest technology to provide comfort and care to women in our area," hospital officials said.
For information on how to purchase a star or cloud for the wall, call (270) 538-6589 or email email@example.com.