Downtown Chapel Beautifucation Made Possible by Margaret Groves

The Grand Opening of the chapel at Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido was celebrated on Good Friday, April 18, with a brief ceremony that included a ribbon cutting and the blessing of the chapel by Rev. Richard Gonzalez who was one of the campaign’s early supporters and biggest champions.

The beautification of the chapel, which includes new carpet, lighting and a mural, were made possible with a private gift from Margaret Groves. Mrs. Groves was inspired to renovate the chapel at the downtown campus after learning of the contributions made by Palomar Health employees and the Dokmo Family toward the completion of the chapel at the new hospital.

Mrs. Groves said she and her daughters often wished they had a quiet place for personal reflection and prayer when her husband was hospitalized at the downtown campus several years ago. 

Her gift makes it possible for all patients, their families, physicians, staff and chaplains to have a dedicated space for meditation and personal reflection. The chapel is a nondenominational space, open to individuals of all faiths and backgrounds.  



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