Legacy Good Samaritan Park makes public debut
New restorative nature destination will eventually include the John Callahan Garden
The transformation on the corner of Northwest 21st Avenue and Lovejoy Street into a new restorative nature destination became official on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 when Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center officially welcomed patients, staff and the community to Legacy Health’s twelfth Therapeutic Garden – Legacy Good Samaritan Park.
In addition to perfect July weather, the Dedication of Legacy Good Samaritan Park included remarks from Legacy leaders and friends of John Callahan, guided garden tours and information about Legacy Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO), Good Sam’s Good Health Team, Legacy Health’s sustainability efforts and of course, information about the future John Callahan Garden.
Guests also enjoyed music by Dave Elizondo, a patient of Dr. Kristen Thomas from Legacy Medical Group – Orthopedics, who is able play his beloved guitar again after having successful shoulder surgery at Legacy Good Samaritan.
“Legacy Good Samaritan recognizes that health care is so much more than the care we provide within our hospital walls,” said Jonathan Avery, president of Legacy Good Samaritan. “The transformation of Legacy Good Samaritan Park and the opening of the John Callahan Garden, set within a neighborhood rapidly growing around us, is a testament of our ongoing commitment to not just treating the sick, but also improving the overall health of our community.”
A new restorative nature destination
The revitalization, which began in April 2017, has planted a new esthetic, four-season garden comprised of a variety of plantings native to the northwest; created new areas for patient therapy; installed safety features such as increased night lighting and opened up views; and a new program for encouraging Legacy Health and local non-profits to regularly host family friendly events. Legacy Health’s Therapeutic Gardens Program and its team of volunteers are working closely with the community to maintain the park’s new esthetic.
The John Callahan Garden
When complete in September 2017, Legacy Good Samaritan Park will also feature the John Callahan Garden, which is being built in honor of the late renowned cartoonist and native Oregonian. Callahan was a paraplegic and patient of RIO. He worked to inspire others who use wheelchairs with his story and humor. The garden will feature a series of his art alongside biographical information when complete in fall 2017.
The John Callahan Garden is made possible through charitable donations, including a significant grant from the Northwest Neighborhoods Parks and Recreation Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and many generous in-kind gifts of materials and services. To contribute to the John Callahan Garden, please visit www.legacyhealth.org/giving, select Good Samaritan Foundation and indicate that your gift is in support of the John Callahan Garden. You may also call Good Samaritan Foundation at 503-413-5585 or mail your gift to Good Samaritan Foundation, PO Box 4484, Portland, OR 97210.
Uses and volunteer opportunities
RIO therapists are now utilizing the park to work with patients recovering from serious conditions such as stroke and spinal cord injuries to learn how to walk again and/or use wheelchairs on varying surfaces and path materials in a natural healing setting.
Legacy Good Samaritan Park is also available for community nonprofits to host family-friendly events. Volunteer opportunities are also available to those who are interested in garden care and community engagement. If interested in either opportunity, please contact Teresia Hazen at 503-413-6507 or email@example.com.
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About Legacy’s therapeutic gardens
A national leader in therapeutic gardens, Legacy Health now has 12 gardens located throughout each of its eight medical center campuses, which offer therapy and a peaceful setting for patients and visitors as well as gathering places for the communities. Several of Legacy’s gardens have won national awards for their healing design. Research shows that gardens in healing settings provide many benefits, often helping patients to leave the hospital faster, take less pain medication and suffer fewer complications.
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