State-of-the-art sensory playground coming to St. Vincent Evansville


Generous gift made by Bill & Mary Stone

St. Vincent announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, indoor therapeutic sensory playground for young patients who are cared for at St. Vincent Center for Children in Evansville. The playground will help provide sensory stimulation and cognitive development for children who struggle with a variety of conditions such as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

The playground was made possible due to a generous donation by Bill and Mary (O’Daniel) Stone. They are natives of Evansville and are 1973 graduates of Memorial High School. Bill is CEO of Connecticut based, SS&C Technologies, which also has a large Evansville office. The playground will be named in honor of Bill’s mom, Patricia Browning Stone, who is also a graduate of Memorial High School and of the St. Mary’s School of Nursing.

“My mom, Patricia Browning Stone, was the embodiment of a strong successful woman.  She cared deeply for children and was taken from us at a young age, said Bill. “We are certain, she is watching from above and she would be very proud to be associated with the fine people who will make this fabulous facility a reality.”

The St. Vincent Center for Children is a comprehensive outpatient facility that was created to address the unmet healthcare needs of the region’s children. Services include pediatric behavioral health, pediatric subspecialty clinic, a resource center and the Tri-State’s only behavior-based, intensive feeding therapy program.

Dan Parod, President, Southwest Indiana Region, St. Vincent Evansville, said “We are extremely grateful to Bill and Mary Stone. Their gift makes this playground possible, which will meet specific therapeutic, educational and recreational needs of young patients.”

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the indoor sensory playground on December 19.