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Walking trail completed at Atrium Medical Center

Members of the Middletown community celebrated Tuesday the completion of the 1.3-mile paved walking trail around Atrium Medical Center’s campus. The trail surrounds the hospital and travels through gardens around the buildings.

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It was announced during the ceremony that the completed walking path is being named Turner Trail in honor of former Atrium president Carol Turner, to recognize her vision for the wellness amenity that is open for public use.

Mike Stautberg, president of the Atrium Medical Center Foundation, said the effort was a 10-year project that was completed because of the effort put forth by those involved and Turner’s vision.

“This has been a 10-year project that the foundation has worked with the hospital to create a walking trail that is centered on our commitment to community health and wellness,” he said. “It was a vision that we created at Atrium Medical Center that by the time we hit our 10th anniversary we would have a walking trail that could be used by our patients, visitors, volunteers, physicians and community. And today we are here to fulfill that commitment and mark our anniversary in a significant way.”

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Mike Uhl, president of Atrium Medical Center, said the trail is just one way that the hospital is striving to build a healthier community.

“Our vision for Premier Health as well as Atrium Medical Center is to continue our mission to build healthier communities and this is just one way we are giving back to the community to do that.”

He added that the trail will “continue to attract people to walk, run and socialize and enjoy the great outdoors.”

Uhl said the final leg of the trail was completed in large part from a donation from Gemma Power Systems. Gemma is the Engineering-Procurement-Construction contractor for NTE Energy’s Middletown Energy Center being constructed on Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

Dan Ward, project manager for Gemma Power Systems, said the company was glad to be a part of a project that will benefit the health and well-being of the community.

“It’s been a very good collective effort between Atrium and ourselves. Every time we go do a project we try to give back to the community and this is one of the ways we wanted to do it by finishing up the walking trail,” he said.

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