Healthy Living

Auxiliary brings healing garden to hospital


Piedmont Newnan Hospital received a pledge of $150,000 from the Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary to build a healing garden. From left are Kelly Loftin, Piedmont Philanthropy; Mary Ann Folk; Joanie Keller; Virginia Aycock; Claudia Whipple; Madeline Waller; John Miles, Piedmont Newnan chief financial officer; Truett Jarrard, M.D., Piedmont Newnan Hospital board member; Sue Livingston; Sheri DeShazo, Piedmont Newnan chief clinical officer; and Michael Bass, who recently retired as Piedmont Newnan chief executive officer. 

Piedmont Newnan Hospital recently received a pledge of $150,000 from the Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary to build a healing garden near the hospital’s main entrance.

The healing garden will serve as a place of reflection to patients and visitors at Piedmont Newnan.

“A healing garden is the perfect addition to our hospital, which is already beautiful,” said Nathan Nipper, vice president and COO of Piedmont Newnan. “It will serve as a place of refuge and relaxation while patients undergo treatment here. We greatly appreciate the Auxiliary for this incredible gift.”

The Piedmont Newnan Auxiliary presented $100,000 of its pledge to hospital officials in July 2013 and will raise the remaining funds for the healing garden through fundraising events such as the annual Christmas Tour of Homes that will be held on Dec. 6 in Newnan from 4 to 9 p.m. The Piedmont Newnan Auxiliary is just one of a number of community members and organizations who have supported the development of the garden.

Inspired by the local rivers and water sources, the garden’s design reflects the element of water — a symbol of the celebration of life and health. A stream of water will weave through the garden, starting at a source near the front of the hospital and ending at a reflection pool.

Greenery and flowering trees will surround the reflection pool along with benches for visitors to relax and listen to the flowing water. The garden will feature multiple seated areas that can serve both groups as well as individuals. Plants surrounding the seated areas will elicit subtle aromas with healing properties.

As a not-for-profit hospital, Piedmont Newnan Hospital and its affiliated organizations rely on donations like the one given by the Auxiliary in order to offer many programs and services to the community, said hospital officials.

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