Now that spring has arrived and we are heading into summer, patients and visitors can look forward to a more pleasant experience at the Adena Cancer Center, as work is moving forward on the Healing Garden. The garden has always been a planned part of the center grounds, and after much effort, construction and landscaping are underway.
“It is very exciting to finally move forward with the Healing Garden,” commented Jeff Webb, construction manager. Several considerations had to be taken into account for the safety, convenience and pleasure of the patients. While a gravel walk way at first seemed appealing, to accommodate the safety of wheelchairs, a flat concrete path has been included. Also, there have to be some limitations in the plantings, as certain fragrances or odors from plants may affect patients.
Healing Gardens have recently shown great promise in patient experience and even improved patient outcomes for those with chronic illness. Upon learning of the benefit of peaceful, natural surroundings to patients, Adena has made the Healing Garden at the Cancer Center a priority. The one-third acre plot of land adjacent to the center will provide serene views of colorful flowers and plants and the surrounding hillside. Patients seated inside, even those seated at infusion stations can enjoy the beautiful, calming view, or they may choose to stroll outside and enjoy the natural setting.
The work will be completed in two phases. The first phase is under way and includes the addition of concrete pathways and the installation of a few pergola structures for shade and landscaping. The second phase will involve the completion of the landscaping.
The Healing Garden is made possible in part through the generous discounted or in-kind donations of area contractor and landscapers, material suppliers and design professionals, including:
- Coppel Coal
- Detillion Landscaping
- Eastern Avenue Lumber
- Hanson Aggregates & Concrete
- Gary Gillum Construction
- Melvin Stone
- MKSK Landscape Architects
- Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center
- Pritchard Land Surveying
Additionally, proceeds from this year’s plant sale, sponsored by the Women’s Board of Adena Regional Medical Center will help fund the garden.
“It’s been a nice project,” commented Webb. “Nothing too complicated with it.” And that lack of complication and simple nature is what patients can enjoy while undergoing their treatment and recovery at Adena Cancer Center.