Groundbreaking for rooftop healing garden
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center is expanding; providing outdoor space in a new healing garden. At a groundbreaking Monday, CAO Bryce Helgerson said, “The garden is made possible by the generous philanthropic support of many individuals and diverse organizations who recognize the positive impact this beautiful space will offer patients and families.” The healing garden is designed to provide stress relief and promote rehabilitation, recovery and restoration.
This peaceful space will feature specialty gardens, bubbling fountains, a pavilion for shade and shelter, night lighting for safety, benches, tables and a labyrinth with a circular path. “Healing gardens allow us to take in light, color and growth which nurtures the soul, helping us to rejuvenate and let go of the worry and illness that await our attention back inside the hospital,” said Heather Mikes, D.O., Legacy Salmon Creek Palliative Medicine.
The project has been funded in large part with community donations. There are still naming opportunities available and tiles that can be purchased and engraved.
The garden will be located in the existing 12,000 square foot rooftop plaza on Legacy Salmon Creek’s third floor. Construction, by Colf Construction, begins next month. Families from Legacy Salmon Creek say it’ll be a welcome refuge. George and Diana Webber attended today’s ceremony. They suffered a heartwrenching loss eight years ago when their grandson, Sam, was born premature and lived only three hours. His grandparents never left his side at the hospital. They continue to come to the medical center as volunteers reaching out to provide compassionate care to families. They say the healing garden, which is adjacent to the chapel, will provide a safe and calming environment; a garden sanctuary to restore and recharge.
For more information please contact Shirley Gross at Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation, 360-487-3457 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations for the Therapeutic Healing Garden may be sent to: Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation, PO Box 5245, Vancouver, WA 98668 or online at www.legacyhealth.org/giving.