16 CONCORD HOSPITAL TRUST Formorethanadecade,ConcordHospitalhas cultivatedaspotofgreenonarooftopjust outsideitsIntensiveCareUnit(ICU)tohelp patientsheal.Now,theGreenRoofneeds somehealingofitsown. WithaboostfromConcordHospital Associates,ConcordHospitalTrustbegana $200,000fundraisingprogramthisspring tocorrectstructuralissuesandtransform themodestgardentobemoreaccessibleto patients,visitorsandstaff. TheRayGerbiPatientandFamilyRooftop Gardenwasbuiltin2006asaplaceofquiet reflectionandrejuvenation.Theinitialproject wasnamedforGerbi,formerConcordHospital VicePresidentforFacilities,followinga modestcampaignathisretirement.Itwas amajorachievementbenefittingcountless patientswhohavevisited–bedandtubes included–sotheycouldfeelthesunand breeze.Abrideevenhadherweddingthere soherfather,anICUpatient,couldattend. TransformingaRooftopforWellness BedfordDesignConsultants,Inc.has generouslydonatedthegarden’sdesignplan, whichwillincludeawindingpathamong fragrantplantsandartworkandintimate seatingtoallowvisitorstobedrawntoareas thatfittheirmoodorintentiontosit andreflect. ConcordHospitalAssociates,anon-profit auxiliarythatsupportsHospitalimprovements, patientandvisitorservicesandenhancing wellness,jumpstartedtherenovationproject witha$70,000namingcontribution. “Weseealotofvalueinthegardenbecause it’saplacewherepatientswillbeabletogoto helptheirhealingprocessbygettingoutside intosomefreshairandsuchanicesetting,” saidAssociates’BoardPresidentMary BethWhite. Thegardenenhancestheadvancedmedical technologyandclinicalexcellencethat surroundit.Studieshaveshownthatsuch spacereducesstressandanxietyforpatients, familiesandstaffandcontributestofaster ratesofhealing,withlessmedication. JodyCase,ConcordHospital’sDirectorof CriticalCare,enjoysthegardenviewfromher office.Shesaidbetweenpatients,families andHospitalstaff,someonevisitseveryday, orlooksoutonitfrompatientrooms,staff officesortheHospitalnursery. “It’saplaceofrespite,aplacetogetoutside thewalls,”shesaid,andhavingitsocloseto theICUhelpsencouragestafftotakeneeded breaksfromtheirhigh-stresswork. Dr.WillamSantisofConcordHospitalCenterfor UrologicCarevisitsoftenbetweensurgeries. “Forme,theoutdoorspaceisanoasis,aquiet placeformetoreflectandrecharge,”hesaid.