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Nature Meets Healthcare in Portland, Oregon

11/10/17 | View Comments

Innovative hospitals are responding to a growing desire for less medicalized births.

In hospital settings, stress is inherent among patients, families and healthcare professionals. More than forty years of research and several recent studies of patient groups have found that viewing nature can produce rapid and substantial psychological and physiological recovery from stress and anxiety (Marcus and Sachs, 2014).

The Terrace Garden at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon provides the Family Birth Center and Cardiovascular Intensive Care unit community a restorative place that nourishes their psychological, physical and spiritual needs.

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Innovative hospitals incorporate garden design

06/10/17 | View Comments

Innovative hospitals incorporate therapeutic garden design into a holistic care approach.

One such place, Legacy Health, combines its traditional medical expertise with the healing power of a four-season terrace garden at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center (EMC) in Portland, Oregon. The Terrace Garden provides the Family Birth Center and Cardiovascular Intensive Care unit a restorative place that nourishes the community’s psychological, physical and spiritual needs.

The 6,800 square-foot open-air garden extends along a glass-walled public corridor on the second floor of EMC. It overlooks an atrium of towering trees, colorful mosaic motifs, and sensory engaging vegetation that comprise the Children’s Garden. The 24/7 public space is a design solution implementing rooftop and accessible garden design strategies, therapeutic garden characteristics, and design patterns to support expectant mothers and their families.

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