The 6500 square foot suspended green space is connected to the Family Birth Center as well as the Cardiovascular ICU and family waiting rooms; and is accessible round-the-clock to all hospital patients, visitors and employees. It was designed to accommodate a wide range of physical conditions and abilities and needs.
Among its four-seasons array of plants that are ever-changing are benches, chairs and tables configured to accommodate groups or provide privacy. With the benefit of a canopy of mature trees, A Nature Place offers a unique tree top experience.
As a recipient of a National Nature Sacred Awards grant, A Nature Place has served as a site for research into the relationship between nature and human health. Studies here have focused on the role nature can play in the birth experience of laboring mothers and families; and on nature as a means to combat stress and burnout among nurses.