New landscaping provides healing environment to hospital’s exterior

Loma Linda University Health works every day to care for and heal every person who comes through the doors. And for more than 100 years, the focus has not only been on the physical condition of our patients. Loma Linda University Health Care focuses on the whole person.

The landscaping around the future medical center will be one of the very first factors in any person’s healing here at Loma Linda. Patients and visitors will arrive in a room that features outdoor healing gardens and gathers spaces around the new health complex. This calming environment offers natural light, gardens, green spaces, areas for social interaction or calm reflection, open and welcoming entrances and clear signposts. This carefully planned physical environment will play a key role in the overall personal care approach.

Shortly before the completion of the multi-year construction project, work is underway to create this inviting physical space. The plan is to place 168 new trees around the new building, including nine large oaks that were shipped to the site in 72-inch boxes. A total of 14 different tree species are planted. A wide range of ground covers are also planted.

Two special trees will be moved in prominent locations through the new outdoor amphitheater east of the new building. A tree, a holly oak, honors the memory of Baby Fae and the groundbreaking heart transplant work that Dr. Leonard Bailey started in 1984. The second, a California redbud, honors Elenore Graves, a beloved nurse who served in the pediatric intensive care unit at the Children’s Hospital for 27 years. Both trees were in the main parking lot of the Medical Center, where the future hospital for adults and the tower of the children’s hospital are located today.

In order to improve the appearance of the campus in the evening, the employees are also installing more than 300 new outdoor lights. Along with more than 50 new parking lot lights, lights will be placed around trees, along walls, as safety features on steps and at the base of trees to provide dramatic lighting.

This vignette comes from a blog by Dennis E. Park that appears on the website www.docuvision2020.com.

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