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SCKMC Enters the Stone Age

Judy Day-Trenary is a member of the SCKMC Auxiliary who volunteers her time at the hospital. She is also a member of #620rocks group, painting and hiding approximately 50 rocks within the community. Day-Trenary’s involvement with both groups is what helped to bring the hospital’s rock garden idea to fruition.

October 13, 2017

A new craze is sweeping Cowley County and South Central Kansas Medical Center is jumping on the bandwagon. #620rocks is a local Facebook group dedicated to spreading joy through one of the planets most common items, rocks. You may have noticed the brightly colored rocks sitting around town, some with painted pictures, others with inspirational words, and all designed to make your day better.

“Our goal is to make random acts of kindness by "hiding" the rocks in unexpected places to brighten the finder’s day,” said Cheryl Boyce, the group administrator.

Administrators at SCKMC noticed the tiny works of art appearing around the campus and reached out to the group to try to harness their creativity for something even larger. The group has began leaving the stones outside the window of the hospital’s chapel.

“First and foremost our group exists solely to inspire creativity and kindness. When we hide them, we are sharing our heart even in a small way to reach out to someone else,” Boyce said.

The hospital staff are embracing the idea and assisting to direct the rock artists to the chapel “rock garden” located on the Northwest side of the building.

“It’s a silly idea but it’s a wonderful idea. If you are in that room you need quite time, you need reflection on life, and you’re pretty down. If you look outside and you see maybe a rock with a scripture on it, it may not be towards that person but you are going to feel like that it was meant for you. It is going to make that person feel a lot better. Or they may see something painted that might remind them of a good time with the family member. I think it will be great,” said Valerie Reed, a member of the hospital’s business services team.

Judy Day-Trenary is a member of the SCKMC Auxiliary who volunteers her time at the hospital. She is also a member of #620rocks group, painting and hiding approximately 50 rocks within the community. Day-Trenary’s involvement with both groups is what helped to bring the hospital’s rock garden idea to fruition.

The idea is to place them where people can find them and might bring a little bit of joy. I think if people know that (the garden) is back there they will leave rocks and possibly pick up one and bring it in to a patient or someone at the hospital. I can see when there are a lot of rocks there patients out on a walk might look out the window and see all the rocks and bring a bright spot in their day,” Day-Trenary said.

(Pictured): Judy Day-Trenary places the first painted rocks in the SCKMC chapel rock garden. She is a member of the hospital Auxiliary and the #620rocks rock painting group.