A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday morning for the construction of Hippocrates Park. Jeb Schrenk, with the USA Office of Public Relations, said in a press release, the statue will be approximately eight feet tall and weigh five thousand pounds.
USA sent FOX10News an artist’s rendering of what the park will look like upon completion. It will be located near the Medical Sciences and Health Sciences buildings on the University of South Alabama campus.
Hippocrates was an ancient Greek who is considered the father of western medicine. Graduating physicians and other health care professionals take a “Hippocratic Oath” in honor of Hippocrates. It is a promise to practice medicine with honesty and for the well-being of patients.
“The donation of the Hippocrates Park and statue serves as a symbol of AHEPA’s continued dedication to USA and higher education,” said Dr. Joseph F. Busta Jr., USA vice president for development and alumni relations in the same USA press release. “The park itself has been specially designed to resemble the Asklepion on the island of Kos that provided shade for Hippocrates and his students. We hope that our students will also find shade here while studying to become our community’s next doctors, nurses, researchers and allied health professionals.”
University officials say the statue and park is a gift donated by the Mobile 310 chapter of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA).
We will have more on the groundbreaking ceremony at Fox10News at 9 p.m..