Winchester Hospital Moves Forward with Healing Garden
Cancer takes an emotional toll on everyone – patients, families and caregivers. For decades, oncologists and staff at Winchester Hospital have seen first-hand the affect cancer has on their patients and their families.Motivated by a desire to care for all of their patients’ needs, Winchester Hospital recently broke ground to create a beautiful and serene outdoor healing garden at its Center for Cancer Care.
By surrounding patients with the sights, sounds and smells of nature, these caregivers hope the tranquil garden will help reduce stress, alleviate anxiety and promote the natural healing process.
“Healing gardens have become an important part of the healing process for cancer patients throughout the nation,” said Arlan Fuller Jr., MD, clinical vice president for the integration of oncology services and academic affiliations at Winchester Hospital.“These gardens have become a safe, meditative place that helps rejuvenate patients, family members and staff.”
The new healing garden, which will be located adjacent to the cancer center, is part of the center’s vision to develop a community-based center, dedicated to an integrated model of cancer care. The project is expected to be completed this fall.
Winchester Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care, located at 620 Washington St. in Winchester, opened in June 2011 and offers patients easy access to advanced clinical care in an environment dedicated to meeting their every need. The center provides state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment technologies and therapies with a multidisciplinary approach. From one-on-one support given by a nurse navigator and social worker to providing access to integrative therapies like acupuncture and massage that help alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy, the center offers an innovative and comprehensive approach to cancer care.
In recognition of this patient-centered approach, Winchester Hospital’s cancer program was selected as a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer,making it one of only four in Massachusettsto achieve this prestigious designation.
“We are proud of what we haveaccomplished for our community” said Kevin Smith, President and CEO ofWinchester Hospital. “With the development of the healing garden, we are nowable to ensure that our patients are supported in every way possible throughtheir cancer journey.”
Community members can support the creation of this tranquil space for their family members, friends and neighbors who are battling cancer. Granite pavers and bricks, $500 and $365 respectively, can be engraved to carry your personal message or honor a special person in your life. For more information on how to support the healing garden,please contact the Winchester Hospital Foundation office at 781-756-2156.
About Winchester Hospital
Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology,pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.