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Patient and Family Healing Garden blooms at Community Campus

Patient and Family Healing Garden blooms at Community Campus

Reminiscent of the pocket parks that are snuggled in between skyscrapers, the Patient and Family Healing Garden is taking bloom on a sliver of green space tucked between concrete walls of the Community Campus.

“I’m delighted that the Community Campus can offer this peaceful setting,” said Nancy Daoust, chief administrative officer of the Community Campus. “I am certain this space will provide comfort and quiet reflection to anyone who wants a moment’s pause in a busy day.”

Research has shown that healing gardens provide patients and families with a welcome distraction from physical and emotional pain, reduce stress levels, and promote a sense of well being.

Located between the Parking Garage and the hospital’s East Entrance (Patient Registration Entrance), the garden features a patio seating area, and a lush lawn, featuring various hydrangea, holly and dogwood shrubs. The highlight of the garden is a 3-foot Healer’s Touch statue, which sits in a basin of gently rippling water.

Mini versions of the Healer’s Touch statue are presented to nurses across the country--including at Upstate--for winning the Daisy Award, which honors nurses who meet patient and family needs by going above and beyond the traditional role of nurses.

The idea for the garden belongs to nurse case manager Karen Fallat. “After my mother passed, I wanted to honor my parents memory with a gift,” she said. “This garden will always remind me of them. As a former Community General Hospital employee and current Upstate employee, I envision this special setting for all patients, families and hospital staff to enjoy.”

Other staff members have stepped forward to join Fallat with memorial donations in remembrance of family or coworkers. Additional funding for the garden also was provided by the Towsley Pro-Am, an annual golf tournament supported by the Upstate Foundation.

“Providing a donation to the Patient and Family Healing Garden is a fitting way to honor or memorialize a loved one,” said Julie Galler Simms of the Upstate Foundation. She said the garden will soon feature an appropriate design to recognize generous donors.

Individuals from Upstate involved in the planning and design of the garden include Daoust, Charles Johnson, Gillian Ottman, Nina Popow, Kenneth Redmore and Simms.

Credits for the garden: Architect: Fischer Associates, Landscape Architects, Rochester; Contractor: PAC Associates of Oswego; Planting: Watson Farms and Landscaping, Lafayette.

Caption: Nurse case manager Karen Fallat, in the new Patient and Healing Garden at the Community Campus. In the foreground is a Healer’s Touch statute. A mini-version of the statue is presented to Upstate Daisy Award-winning nurses.