Healing Garden Opens at Audrey Hepburn Children’s House

October 26, 2015 02:01 PM
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The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC recently unveiled a rooftop healing garden to benefit patients at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, a state-designated Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect.
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The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC recently unveiled a rooftop healing garden to benefit patients at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House.  Located on the first floor of the children’s house, the Healing Garden will provide a place of refuge, and a way for children to experience nature, helping them to mitigate stress and heal.  A recent renovation has turned what was an outdoor patio into a green oasis.

“It was always a nice space, but now it’s a beautiful sanctuary,” said Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D., HackensackUMC vice president and chief academic officer and chairman and physician-in-chief of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.  “While enjoying the outdoors, patients can sit and reflect, plant vegetables and just experience nature as they work through the healing process, with help from the staff at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House. There will be much therapy harvested from this garden in the future as children and their families work to rebuild their lives and overcome traumatizing experiences.”

The Healing Garden, designed by City Green in conjunction with the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®at HackensackUMC, incorporates different spaces within the garden including a sitting area for casual lunch or snacking, a lounge-like, confidential space for therapy sessions and a garden work area with potting bench and raised planter beds.  These areas are surrounded by planters filled with native pollinator plants and shrubs, which will include the Highbush Blueberry plant, Purplecone flower, Black-eyed Susan flower, Beebalm flower, Little Bluestem grasses and more.  

“We are thrilled that this healing garden will provide one of our most vulnerable populations with a beautiful respite, and one that also honors the magnificent vision of Audrey Hepburn’s hope –‘To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow,’” said Deirdre Imus, president & founder of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®at HackensackUMC.

 “Often, our patients are not able to verbalize the abuse they have suffered at the hands of those they trusted,” said Julia DeBellis, M.D., medical director, Audrey Hepburn Children’s House. “One of the features of this garden that I particularly like is the mailbox that was installed.  For those children who cannot speak their thoughts and feelings, they can write them down in a letter and place it in the mailbox. The staff of the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House will be able to harvest the children’s words in an effort to aid them in their therapy.”

“It was our goal working with City Green to create a space that was nurturing and calming for patients,”   said Kyle Tafuri, senior sustainability advisor at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at HackensackUMC.  “For those who have undergone traumatic experiences, nature itself can aid in the healing process.  And, this beautiful garden will certainly play a big role in helping those children served by the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House in their journey to heal.”

The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, a division of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, is a state-designated Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, which conducts more than 7,000 patient visits annually.

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The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC recently unveiled a rooftop healing garden to benefit patients at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, a state-designated Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect. From left to right:  Anthony D’Urso, section chief, supervisor of Psychology, Audrey Hepburn Children's House, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC;  Julia DeBellis, M.D., medical director, Audrey Hepburn Children’s House;  Kyle Tafuri, senior sustainability advisor,  The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at HackensackUMC;  Jeremy Levy, operations manager, Institute for Child Development and Audrey Hepburn Children’s House; Emil Rostello, director of Horticulture, City Green;  Maureen Keating, vice president, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Jennifer Papa, founder and executive director, City Green; Carol Weber, administrative director, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital;  Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D., HackensackUMC vice president and chief academic officer and chairman and physician-in-chief of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Rosemarie Sorce, HackensackUMC Board of Governors; Rose Heck, mayor, Hasbrouck Heights; and John Labrosse, mayor, Hackensack.

 

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HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 employees and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   

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