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A Nature Place | Legacy Emanuel Medical Center


Just over the threshold of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s second floor Family Birth Center is A Nature Place, a therapeutic garden where on any given day you’ll find laboring mothers rocking in chairs; nurses and doctors taking a moment to pause; and cardiac patients resting, recovering.

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2801 N Gantenbein Avenue
Portland, OR 97227

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.

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Teresia Hazen

When it comes to horticultural therapy, Teresia Hazen, M.Ed., HTR, QMHP, is the real deal. She’s worked with Legacy Health in Portland Oregon as the coordinator of 12 therapeutic gardens at 8 hospitals since 1991; offers her services as mental health professional; and is a forerunner for employee health promotion—and the field of horticultural therapy…

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  Articles & Research for this Sacred Place

New study out: Reduced symptoms of burnout noted in nurses who spent one break a day in a hospital garden

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“Heart of the Hospital” launches

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One to watch: the SHIFT Summit

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Can nature play a positive role before and after birth?

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Nature Meets Healthcare in Portland, Oregon

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“‘Health system studies therapy garden’s effect on ICU nurses'” – Health Facilities Management

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Green spaces as an “under-recognized healer”

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Innovative hospitals incorporate garden design

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Gardens engage the mind, muscles, and hope

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“Using nature to combat workplace stress” – Legacy Health

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