Visiting with family while they are a patient in the hospital can be draining, and stressful. Employees in the medical field are involved in life and death situations.
People involved in such stressful ordeals need a place to think, get their mind off of the moment, or just get some fresh air.
The University Master Gardner Club with the University of Missouri Extension have done the ground work for two healing gardens at Samaritan Hospital, for visitors and employees alike.
The healing gardens are to provide a soothing and calm atmosphere to help reduce stress, anxiety, and worry on the part of the patient and their family or hospital staff.
The gardens are incorporating architectural items salvaged from the original Samaritan Hospital as well as new features built and purchased, Debbie Waddill, member of the Master Gardner Club said.
The group wanted people to know that for $75 you may help personalize the gardens by having a name of a family member, an organization or honor a special person by having their name placed on a brick.
The brick will be displayed in the gardens. Also, if you donate time or labor in working on the gardens you may have a name put on a brick.
All contributors to the garden will be recognized on a plaque within the hospital.
The gardens are being designed by a member of the Master Gardner Club. Hospital Administration and staff are providing input to the gardens as well. The Macon/Shelby Master Gardeners will maintain the gardens.