The Healing Garden is open!
Providence St. Peter Hospital—in partnership with donors and our community—has worked for almost 50 years to create healthier environments. In keeping with this purpose, we opened the new Healing Garden on the oncology unit at Providence St. Peter Hospital in September.
With this in mind, we transformed a rooftop into an oasis for patients and family members. The Healing Garden comprises an approximately 3,000-square-foot area. It is part of the oncology unit, so patients can walk or be pushed in a wheelchair outside for fresh air, sun (and rain), while staying on the unit. Based on the average number of patients served in the unit, we estimate that patients and family members will visit the garden more than 2,000 times each year.
Prior to the opening, Providence facility staff member, Keith Edgerton, needed to do a test run of the space. Keith quickly found a patient who was receiving IV medication and was ecstatic to be able to go outside. “It was an amazing moment to see this cancer patient be in the space and grinning from ear to ear,” says Keith. “There are bright spots in my job that keep me going, and this was among the best, to have witnessed such a wonderful moment.”
We could not have created this healing space without the vision and support from many generous donors, including patients, families and caregivers. Thank you!