Healing Garden at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Dedicated
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital May 17, 2006
Nearly 100 guests joined Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital (LFH) officials for a June 22 ceremony officially dedicating the Hugh Falls Healing Garden.
LAKE FOREST, IL – Many of those present were donors whose role in making such projects possible was praised by Board of Directors Chairman Thomas Swarthout. “We have the finest community hospital anywhere due to your generosity,” he said. More than $250,000 was raised from the community to cover the cost and no hospital funds were used to create the garden, which already has been put to good use by patients, their families, visitors and employees since opening last fall.
Sponsored in part by the Lake Forest Junior Garden Club and Mariani Landscape/Design, this special area is named for Dr. Hugh Falls, a well-loved OB/GYN who’s been in practice at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital for more than 40 years. Former LFH President/CEO William G. Ries said, “This is a permanent symbol of the healing spirit demonstrated by this strong medical statesman. Thank you, Dr. Falls, for the difference you’ve made in this hospital, this community and our lives.”
In humbly accepting this honor, Falls said he was intrigued about the project from the start. . “As I learned more about healing gardens I realized the important role of such tranquil settings in places where people are healing.
This project exemplifies the collaborative efforts of employees, medical staff members, volunteers and the community that have given Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital the reputation it enjoys,” he said.
President/CEO Thomas J. McAfee says the healing garden adds to the wonderful environment of the Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital campus. “It’s an example of the importance we place on caring for the health and well-being of our patients in new and innovative ways,” he said.
Located near the hospital’s labyrinth, Hunter Family Center for Women’s Health and Westmoreland Nursing Center, the garden is designed to help heal the mind, body and spirit by providing a quiet, serene, natural setting for contemplation and fresh air. It’s open to the general public.
The project’s second phase was completed this spring. Planners envision future enhancements such as a library of children’s books for reading in the garden. With the restorative power of gardens being documented as early as the 12 th century and Lake Forest’s rich botanical history, a healing garden on the hospital’s campus was seen as a perfect fit by its planners.