Alamance Regional Medical Center Opens Healing Garden
A new healing garden has opened to patients and visitors of Alamance Regional Medical Center. The two-acre garden is the final part of a series of building projects that added a new cancer center, expanded the emergency department and brought larger, more modern operating rooms online at the hospital.
The landscaped healing garden is filled with trees and flowering plants surrounding a walkway that snakes through it. “This garden adds so much to the care we are able to give our patients and the support we can provide their families,” says Cone Health Executive Vice President and Alamance Regional Medical Center President Preston Hammock. “Chemotherapy patients can look out upon this beautiful space while undergoing treatment. Families and visitors can find solace walking through nature. Our employees can unwind by taking lunch or dinner at one of the tables along the garden’s edges. We are very thankful to have this garden.”
The $1.3 million project was a gift to the hospital from the community. “The hospital takes care of the medical needs,” says Ted Chandler who was co-chair of the Cultivating Hope Capital Campaign. “The community’s efforts add those extras that lift the spirit and make a hospital stay a better experience.” The fund-raising campaign exceeded its goal, raising more than $3 million to add patient-centered amenities, such as the healing garden, to the new cancer center. Supporters of the campaign include hospital employees, local businesses and community members.
On the end of the garden closest to the hospital, sits a large round work of art called “The Serenity Sculpture.” It is the work of Matthew Placzek who created it to evoke healing qualities in the mind, body and spirit. “Through the efforts of the community and this healing garden, those qualities all come together at Alamance Regional,” says Hammock.