Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Angel Garden at Primary Children’s Hospital on Monday will reopen as a redesigned refuge for patients, families and staff — thanks to generous gifts from the community.
WHEN: Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Primary Children’s Hospital, 100 N. Mario Capecchi Drive in Salt Lake City (north entrance)
VISUALS: Four-year-old Dash Johnson, a patient at Primary Children’s whose family spearheaded the garden’s renewal project, will help cut the ribbon to open the garden. Dash will be joined by other patients as the garden’s first official visitors. Patients, donors, and hospital leaders will tour the garden, which includes more than 1,000 new plants and trees and legacy monuments, including the Butterfly Angel statue, a commissioned 5-foot bronze.
STORY OF THE ANGEL GARDEN: The garden renovation was funded by a generous gift from Macey’s Food Stores. Pendleton Design Management donated gardening design and labor, as well as future garden maintenance. Night Vision donated the lighting design and installation.
“We know miracles happen each day at Primary Children’s—and as your local grocer, we are humbled to help the children and families at Primary Children’s,” said Darin Peirce, division manager Associated Retail Operations. “Macey’s Food Stores are happy to help make the renovation of the Angel Garden possible, as we know that some of the best medicine is found in nature where children can feel the sunshine, hear birds chirping, enjoy the beautiful pond and get a breath of fresh air.”
For nearly two decades, the Angel Garden has provided Primary Children’s patients, parents, and staff a place of solace, healing, and calm. Located near the hospital entrance, the garden includes lighting that can be programmed to change colors with holidays and seasons and a water feature mimicking a mountain stream and pond. The Angel Garden is medically safe, and includes wheelchair-accessible pathways and electrical outlets for medical devices. It also maintains its legacy monuments, including the Celebration of Life plaque, Memorial Tree, and centerpiece Butterfly Angel statue.
“We’ve all experienced the healing power of nature,” Primary Children’s CEO Katy Welkie said. “That’s why I’m so excited to be reopening the Angel Garden for our patients, parents, and staff to serve as a refuge in their individual storms of life.”
The original garden was created with support by donations from actress Roma Downey and the cast and crew of the 1990s TV program, “Touched By An Angel,” which was filmed in Utah and in which Downey starred. The garden’s renewal follows the reconstruction of the hospital entrance.
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