November 06, 2009
New wellness garden a retreat for patients, families, employees
Hinsdale – With its picturesque fountain, wooden pergola, decorative plant and flower containers and group seating areas, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s newly renovated Hinsdale Assembly Wellness Garden serves as a respite for patients and their families, employees and other visitors to the hospital. Officials from the hospital and the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation gathered there Monday, Oct. 26, for a dedication ceremony to recognize the Hinsdale Assembly Board.
The garden is named after the Hinsdale Assembly in recognition of their generous donation that, in large part, made the garden possible. Additional funding came from many patients and their families, community members and hospital employees.
Located on the hospital’s second floor near the east entrance, the garden is handicap-accessible. The space was designed with spacious pathways to accommodate physical therapy patients, who can plant flowers and herbs as part of their therapy. A new shed creates storage room and a sink area allows easy cleanup.
“The Hinsdale Assembly Wellness Garden is a beautiful example of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s mission and values in action,” said Susan King, executive director of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation. “It is a comforting space that offers the many healing aspects of natural light, green spaces and the tranquility of a soft water fountain. We are extremely grateful to the Assembly Board for helping to make this amazing resource available for everyone.”
Lex Buddig, chairwoman of the Hinsdale Assembly Board, said the garden complements the hospital’s commitment to whole-person health – treating each patient’s body, mind and spirit.
“Studies have shown the importance of natural outdoor spaces to health and well being,” Buddig said. “We’re proud to be able to bring this service to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.”
Memorial and other naming opportunities are available within the garden. For more information, call King at 630-856-2000.