Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock will unveil its new Healing Garden with a private ceremony for donors on Wednesday, June 30 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Just one year ago, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to unveil a plan for the garden. Donors include Scott & White employees and physicians as well as community members and local businesses.
“We’re utilizing nature and visual arts to create a soothing, healing environment,” said Ernie Bovio, CEO of Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock. “The concept is to enhance one’s health care experience and facilitate recovery by alleviating stress for patients and their families.”
Through the generous support of the community and Scott & White employees, enhancement projects like the Healing Garden are made possible with the goal of providing a better patient and visitor experience.
Plants and trees indigenous to Texas, including live oak, crape myrtle and drake elm, are part of the garden’s design. Additionally, a children’s area surrounded by three bronze sculptures is located in the Healing Garden. A volunteer will read books to children on a weekly basis.
Patients can enjoy views of the garden from their hospital room windows or by taking walks in the garden, and sitting outside for prayer, meditation and reflection.
“A healing atmosphere has been proven to help patients recover faster from hospitalizations, reduce the need for pain medication and help shorten hospital stays, not to mention reducing anxiety and fear,” said Dudley Baker, M.D., chief medical officer at Scott & White – Round Rock. “The Healing Garden will bring the beauty and peaceful sounds of nature into the hospital environment, as well as provide a sanctuary for meditation and rest. The therapeutic setting will hopefully benefit everyone, including patients, families, and staff.”
The landscape architecture firm for the garden is rVi planning + landscape architecture + graphic design. Scott & White’s Temple Hospital also has a healing garden.