Renovations have begun on the Pediatric Healing Garden at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital. After more than ten years since its original dedication, the garden will be getting a major update.
The garden’s goal is to bring a calming atmosphere to both pediatric patients and their families during their care at the hospital.
“The renovation of the healing garden is funded by contributions from generous donors,” said Beverly Neisler, chief development officer for HSHS St. John’s Foundation. “The rooftop garden is a wonderful place for our youngest patients and their families to go to relax and unwind.”
The renovation will provide more open spaces, and the seating will feature a neighborhood-style configuration. The new space will offer families the opportunity to enjoy the area while maintaining an element of privacy for prayer, conversation, reflection and relaxation.
The planned upgrades include:
- Maintenance-friendly landscaping and lighting
- Maintenance-free turf
- Kid-friendly walking and wheelchair surfaces
- Wheelchair-accessible swing
- Outdoor benches and wheelchair-accessible picnic tables
- Synthetic trees that light up year round
- Festive wall décor
HSHS St. John’s Foundation continues to fundraise for the project. People can donate by calling HSHS St. John’s Foundation at 217-757-6804.