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Members of Artesia Aquatic Center Foundation meet with Artesia General Hospital leaders to accept a donation to the planned pool project. Pictued from left, are aquatic center project manager Johnny Knorr, AGH staff Julie Meabon Gibson and Bob Tyk, Artesia Aquatic Center Foundation board members Sandra Borges, Hayley Klein, Tyler Deans, and Ben Harvey. (Courtesy Photo)

The Artesia Aquatic Center Foundation is proud to announce Artesia General Hospital’s contribution to the planned Artesia Aquatic Center. Artesia General Hospital Board of Directors voted to contribute $1 million toward construction of the facility and $500,000 toward operations spread out over the first five years.

Planning for an aquatic center has been underway since the spring of 2017. Artesia General Hospital has been involved from the beginning as a partner in planning, along with Artesia Public Schools, the City of Artesia, and the private sector. Hospital staff have been instrumental in providing information about ways in which a pool can be instrumental in recovery and overall health for the patients treated by the hospital’s medical team.

“The team of Artesia General Hospital is dedicated to the health and well-being of the communities we serve and we are confident that our Aquatic Center will go hand in hand with improving the health of our citizens. This unique physical and social opportunity will benefit not only our children but adults and seniors as well,” says Artesia General Hospital CEO Bob Tyk.

The entire Artesia Aquatic Center is estimated to cost $19 million. The hospital was an early supporter and one of the first to step up with a donation.

“We are so blessed to have such generous donors in our community. Artesia General Hospital is an initial contributor to this project, helping ensure that Phase I can get underway for the benefit of the community,” says Sandra Borges, President of AACF.

A groundbreaking is scheduled for May 25. Construction of Phase I, an outdoor recreation pool and toddler pool, is expected to open May 2019.