Volunteers To Assist In Transforming Wellmont Hospice House Grounds
Into Inspiring Space
Bringing an extra measure of comfort to patients and their
loved ones, local volunteers will continue this week to transform the grounds
at Wellmont Hospice House into an inspiring and even more peaceful space.
A new healing garden is well on its way toward completion at
the hospice house, which is located on the Bristol Regional Medical Center campus. Replete with raised
beds, flowers, plants, trees and covered walkways, the garden will give those
who rely on the hospice house for high-quality, compassionate care a remarkable
place to gather their thoughts and share precious moments with family and
On Thursday, June 27, myriad volunteers will visit the
grounds to put their green thumbs to work. It is their opportunity to remember
those in their lives who might have needed hospice care or to make a positive
difference for patients who avail themselves of this beneficial service for
“Our patients have benefited greatly from the extensive
community outreach that has enabled this facility to serve patients effectively
during this special moment in their lives,” said Jackie Everett, clinical
leader for Wellmont Hospice. “The community has a special bond with Wellmont
Hospice House and has repeatedly elevated the level of service we can provide
with its generosity.
“We are grateful for this latest group of volunteers and all
who preceded them for showing our patients and their families they have the
Volunteers will arrive at 9:30 a.m. One group of volunteers
is the Hill and Dale Garden Club of Bristol, which is making a $1,000
contribution in memory of Cindy Gentry, a master gardener and the late wife of
Dr. Rick Gentry, a radiologist at Bristol Regional.
Katy Sikorski, director of development for Wellmont Foundation,
which is overseeing fundraising and development of this project, said the group
is also honoring her memory by participating. If Mrs. Gentry were alive, she
would have joined other volunteers in working on this heartwarming initiative,
The project contains a number of features that are expanding
the healing environment that pervades the hospice house. Spread throughout the
grounds are six concrete raised beds, four of which are located outside patient
rooms. Each bed is irrigated and contains flowers, trees and flowering bushes
that invoke the beauty of nature.
The four flower beds by rooms include a covered walkway, and
a covered patio provides shelter adjacent to the two beds at the rear of the
One of the highlights of the garden is a sitting area with
two concrete benches and an angel between them. This section is located by a
newly constructed wall that provides additional privacy.
The remainder of the grounds features attractive landscaping
that includes plants, more trees and mulch.
The foundation has successfully guided the project to this
point with beneficial donations from donors. The garden has also received
valuable support from Anne and Dr. Ben Cowan, who are riding their bicycles on
The Northern Tier from Western Washington State to Bar Harbor, Maine. The
Cowans are matching up to $25,000 of donations to their Great Bicycle Adventure
2013. Individuals interested in backing this two-wheeled trip are still welcome
to donate by logging onto www.wellmontfoundation.org.
“We appreciate the Cowans and all other donors and
volunteers who are leaving a legacy by supporting this healing garden,” said
Todd Norris, Wellmont Health
System’s senior vice president of system advancement and the foundation’s
president. “We are entrusted by patients throughout the region to deliver
superior care, and the financial backing we receive from our community partners
enables us to produce outstanding results for our patients.”
For more information about this project, please call the
foundation at 423-230-8550.