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Shady Grove’s Healing Garden Wins Design Award
Story by Susan Griffiths
The Barbara Truland-Butz Healing Garden at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Gaithersburg, Md., won a Merit Award in the 19th Annual Professional Awards Program by the Maryland and Potomac chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). This award recognizes superior professional accomplishment and brings public attention to the outstanding projects and services of landscape architects.
“At Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, we are committed to caring for the whole person,” said Dennis Hansen, the hospital’s president. “The healing garden demonstrates our commitment to caring for not only the physical, but also the spiritual and mental needs of the community.”
The Barbara Truland-Butz Healing Garden opened in September 2010. It was made possible through a generous gift from Barbara Truland-Butz’s brother and her four sons, after she passed away from cancer. The garden was also made possible through employee and community donations.
“Shady Grove Adventist Hospital offers coordinated cancer care to our community that goes beyond clinical treatment,” said Jane Peck, executive director of Cancer Care Services for Adventist HealthCare. “The Healing Garden is an example of the comprehensive support that we provide to our patients and their families.”
In addition to the oncology unit, the garden can be viewed from many rooms on the second, third and fourth floors of the hospital’s tower, which opened in 2007. It includes plants, a water feature, a zen garden, quiet places to sit and a pathway of personalized stones donated in honor of loved ones.
“The garden is a wonderful refuge that reflects the hospital’s deep commitment to the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of people in our care,” said Will Smith, the hospital’s chief development officer.
The Healing Garden was a collaboration by Oasis Design Group, Ruppert Landscaping, Wilmot Sanz, Roofmeadow, Whiting-Turner and Cagley & Associates. The garden previously won the prestigious ABC Excellence in Construction Award in 2011.
The Barbara Truland-Butz Healing Garden will continue to provide a soothing, healing environment for cancer patients with the opening of The Aquilino Cancer Center on the campus of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in 2013. The center will overlook the garden and will be Montgomery County’s first community hospital-based, integrated, comprehensive cancer care program.
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