MedStar Health is the largest healthcare provider in the DMV region. Through their extensive network of healthcare facilities, their mission is to serve their patients, those who care for them, and their communities. MedStar’s Franklin Square Medical Center is already home to one Sacred Place, the Garden of Little Angels, which honors and memorializes children who have been lost.
This second space, located between the ER visitors’ entrance and connected to the dedicated staff entrance, would serve a different purpose, and would be specifically designed to provide associates at Franklin Square a Sacred Place for their wellbeing. The site as it exists is green but without design features and intentionality. Once designed, the space would offer opportunities for associates to spend time outside as part of their regular routine by allotting space for outdoor meetings, eating, wellness programming, and more — a safe space where associates, particularly those working in the ER, can take a moment away from their intense routine. It would be the only designated garden space on that side of the campus, a critical need for the hospital’s staff.