Oncology Healing Garden
The Oncology Healing Garden at St. Peter Hospital is a serene garden – a respite and healing space for patients and their families, helping to relieve the stress of being in the hospital during illness and treatments. Initiated in 2015, this garden space was the inspiration of one donor who yearned for an outside space while she was undergoing treatment on the third floor. Thanks to many supporters, including caregivers, this garden space became a reality, and was officially opened in September 2015.
This garden is truly a resource for our patients and their families—a place to visit, rest and heal in a natural environment located right outside of many of our oncology patients’ hospital rooms on the third floor. The Oncology Healing Garden nourishes and inspires, and the benefits of nature offer a restorative and therapeutic power, helping to focus on life rather than illness.
We anticipate that beginning in late summer, 2017 the garden will extend its hours from limited daylight hours only to 24 hours/7 days a week. Thanks to the generosity of others, we will install lights and sensors enabling patients and families to enjoy this space throughout the evening, all year round. The lighting is soft and muted, providing the light needed for patient and visitor safety, and will not be glaring to those using the space or viewed from the tower. We believe this will be of huge benefit, especially to our patients who often have difficulty sleeping during the night, providing respite and further helping to ease their journey.
We are indebted to those who have made this garden possible—our heartfelt thanks!