Healing Garden Supports Faith-Based Mission at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
03/27/2012

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton has extended its healing environment to the outdoors — just in time for spring. Hospital employees, members of the medical staff and trustees, along with community supporters and donors, dedicated the new Healing Garden on March 8.

Texas Health Denton Healing Garden
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“As a faith-based health care facility, we believe in caring for the whole person — body, mind and spirit,” said Stan Morton, FACHE, president of Texas Health Denton. “The Healing Garden allows us to further our mission and provide a relaxed setting for patient-visitor interaction, as well as spiritual and nature connections.”

The Healing Garden is the hospital’s first significant philanthropic project since it joined Texas Health Resources in 2009. Nearly $40,000 was raised by physicians, hospital employees, volunteers and dozens of community supporters. Meador Nursery, The Denton Master Gardeners, Jim Strange, as well as Gayle (a hospital trustee) and Virgil Strange led the planning and design of the garden. Funding opportunities, such as benches, sculptures and more, are still available.

Located outside of the hospital Café, the Healing Garden is easily accessible to patients, visitors and hospital staff. The garden features calming water streams, custom stained glass, a dry rock bed, benches and a hand-carved arbor. One special area has been dedicated to memorial services for pregnancy losses that occur very early in pregnancy. The inaugural remembrance ceremony for families with such losses will be planned for later this year.

“Caring for our patients’ spiritual needs is very much a part of the healing process,” said Chaplain Trish Williamson, D.Min., manager of pastoral care at Texas Health Denton. “We hope that the Healing Garden will help patients and families summon up their own inner healing resources by providing a beautiful space for reflection and conversation.”

For more information about funding opportunities for the Healing Garden, call Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation at 214-345-8442.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center, and is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and designated by the State of Texas as a Primary Stroke Facility. Texas Health Denton is an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.