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Healing garden opens near Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:36:26 AM EST
Updated On: Aug 19 2013 05:40:39 PM EDT

It's a place to get in touch with nature, and to foster relaxation.

ROANOKE, Va. -

If you've ever been in a hospital you know how busy they can be. 

Now a place just steps from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is open that's meant to offer a break from the hustle and bustle of the hospital and also to help in the healing process.

Monday a new healing garden officially opened near the hospital on the Roanoke River Greenway.   It's a place to get in touch with nature. It's a place that's meant to foster relaxation and it's a place that's also meant to invigorate.

"This healing garden is a place of peace ,a place to come for our patients, our families, our visitors, our staff to take a break from the sort of maddening crowd that can happen at the hospital," said Carilion President and CEO Nancy Agee. "It allows people a time for reflection and quiet."

The healing garden is filled with plants and several places to sit including a swing.  The swing has a calming effect, said Agee.

The garden is a collaboration between Roanoke city and Carilion.  Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers along with Steve Buschor, Roanoke's Director of Parks and Recreation joined Agee for the dedication.

The healing garden is named in dedication of Carilion's Dr. Robert L.Al Keeley Healing Arts program.