McDermott Therapy Garden

TS Bank contributed $5,000 to the McDermott Therapy Garden fund. Front from left to right: Kathy Capobianco, Kaylene Wiseman, Stephanie Kelnhofer, Holly Leafty, and Jane Beasley. Back from left to right: Abby Jares, Ellen Johnson, Adam Mahrt, Susan Wurtz, Chasity Kephart, Jill Halverson, and Kelsey Stupfell.

CHI Health Foundation and TS Bank are partnering with CHI Health Mercy Hospital’s Behavioral Health team to revitalize a garden and green space for McDermott Center patients.

The green space will include different environmental elements, such as a working garden, flowers, recreation area, and meditation space to improve patients’ healing, recovery, and experience.

TS Bank pledged $5,000 to the project.

“We are glad to partner with Mercy Hospital and how the behavioral garden will serve area patients in their personal healing and recovery process. This is a great addition to our community’s overall healthcare experiences,” said Kelsey Stupfell, director of community reinvestment at TS Banking Group.

Mercy Hospital intends to incorporate the colors and sounds of nature into the revitalized green space, along with flowers, a recreational area and meditation space to improve patients’ healing, recovery and experience.

Goals of the project include:

  • Facilitate stress reduction which helps the body reach a calmer, more balanced state and enhances the immune system.
  • Facilitate pain reduction and reduction in use of narcotic pain medication.
  • Facilitate improved outcomes, and as a result, less readmissions.
  • Provide patients with the opportunity to relax and reflect and activate their own inner healing resources.
  • Provide patients with opportunities for physical movement and exercise in the fresh air.
  • Provide settings where patients can gather together and enjoy social support.

“This project so clearly connects to our mission of healing each patient in mind, body, and spirit and the foundation upon which Mercy was built,” said a statement released by Abby Jares, development officer at Mercy.

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