Patients and Families Enjoy New Spaces to Reflect and Heal

Two new spaces opened September 20 to offer more opportunities for patients, families and staff to experience the Bunny Mellon Healing Garden.


Thanks to the Lemon Foundation, the Lavinia Lemon Pitzer Garden Room allows patients to look out onto the garden. This acute care room makes it possible for patients medically unable to visit the exterior space to enjoy nature. Patients will also be able to participate in activities that let kids be kids even in the hospital, similar to those typically hosted in the outdoor space.


The room connects to a new spiritual care center, thanks to Panda Cares. The center offers a quiet space to reflect and find comfort. The team designed the space to serve as a flexible, multi-denominational sanctuary to support the diverse needs of patients, families and staff.


“Both spaces provide vital holistic care to help children heal,” says Kathy Gorman, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N., executive vice president for Patient Care Services and chief operating officer. “Creating this environment was critical for us to support children and families on their healing journey.”


We’re grateful for the generosity of the Lemon Foundation and Panda Cares to make these spaces available as additional ways to provide hope and healing.

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