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Therapeutic garden provides holistic setting for hospital’s patients, staff By Jennifer Schmidt S t. Joseph’s Hospital is committed to providing skilled, compassionate care to all who walk through its doors. The 193-bed Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, hospital prides itself on treating the whole person – the mind, body, and spirit. Wanting to further its quest to help and heal, the facility’s staff started exploring the addition of a therapeutic garden to its grounds. The hospital conducts a “colleague campaign” every one to two years to support hospital improvements. In 2010, the facility’s 12-member Colleague Task Force met to discuss its next project. After discussing the many suggestions that had surfaced, one kept coming back: a healing garden. “As we progressed through the conversation, we identified the front area – a big, front, empty lawn area of the hospital – and how nice it would be to have that developed into a healing garden,” said Bobbi Giles, the hospital’s director of development. “At the time we didn’t really know what a healing garden was, but we just knew we wanted more than what was there.” Plant Services Director Roger Elliott felt strongly that the work should be done professionally, and through his involvement with the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association, he was referred to Phil Johnson, a landscape architect at Ayres Associates. 2│TRENDS TRENDS │3