Hills & Dales General Hospital to host Groundbreaking Ceremony for Healing Garden

Cass City, MI, June 9, 2021 – Hills & Dales General Hospital is excited to share they are ready to break ground on their healing garden project. There will be a brief groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at noon, behind the hospital. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Efforts for the healing garden have been led by Physical Therapist Kristi Howard. She became a driving force for the idea—researching funding options, identifying, and working with contractors, and everything else required to make the project happen,” says Hills & Dales Marketing & Foundation Director Danielle Blaine.

After a few setbacks because of COVID-19, the project is now ready to begin. It will be a beautiful outdoor space where patients, employees, visitors, and community members can enjoy the healing power of nature. It is intended to be a sanctuary focused on rest, relaxation, restoration, rehabilitation, and rejuvenation. It will be located behind the hospital (facing Hospital Drive). It will include a seating area for eating and activities, a significant water feature, a bridge, benches, pergolas, and an abundance of trees, flowers, and plants. Research shows people who interact with nature display positive physical changes (such as decreased heart rate, lower blood pressure, and improved mood) within minutes of stepping outside.

For questions about the garden or to make a donation to the garden, please contact Kristi Howard at 989-912-6434 or Danielle Blaine at 989-912-6401. The hospital welcomes donations of all kinds. “Your thoughtful philanthropic support of the Healing Garden Wellness Program will help us maintain and enhance the garden program,” says Hills & Dales Foundation Director Danielle Blaine.