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Healing Garden

Bristol, CT (9/3/09) – A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held to commemorate the creation of the Bristol Hospital Healing Garden, which will be located directly outside the entrance to the Bristol Hospital Cancer Care Center.
Donors, physicians, employees and invited guests gathered at the groundbreaking, which also coincided with an open house to showcase the expansion of the Cancer Care Center and welcome two new female oncologists, Dr. Sapna Khubchandani and Dr. Driola Brahaj, to the medical staff.
The expansion of the Cancer Care Center was in response to the tremendous increase in patient volumes since the Center opened in November 2007. The expansion of the Center includes the addition of several treatment rooms, construction of new physician offices to accommodate the addition of the two oncologists and a new employee break room.
Studies have indicated that gardens have been found to foster stress recovery by evoking positive feelings and reducing negative emotions. “A garden in a healing setting such as a hospital is designed to make people feel better,” commented Kurt Barwis. “This beautiful setting will create an environment that is full of life all year long and provide a place where patients, visitors and employees can go and enjoy a peaceful environment.” The Healing Garden, which was funded entirely with over $185,000 in donor support, is expected to be completed in November.
Marjorie Budge, a donor who also sat on the committee to help plan the garden, spoke to the crowd about why she chose to support this project. A cancer survivor, she talked about how she had to travel to Hartford for her care and was very pleased to support the cancer care center in Bristol that could provide excellent care so close to home. “Patients can just drive to Bristol Hospital and get the best care, and when they’re having troubles, they can look out on the most beautiful vista,” commented Budge.

Cancer Center Groundbreaking photo caption from left to right: David Dobrzanski, MD, Medical Director, Bristol Hospital Cancer Care Center Marjorie Budge, Donor, Nancy Blanchette, Chairman, Bristol Hospital Board of Directors, Kurt A. Barwis, President & CEO, Bristol Hospital