HEAL­ING NA­TURE

A GAR­DEN BLOOMS AT CHIL­DREN’S NA­TIONAL AND GETS YOUNG PA­TIENTS OUT­DOORS.

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The chirps of birds have re­placed the beeps of ma­chines and mon­i­tors at Chil­dren’s Na­tional Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s new rooftop heal­ing gar­den. “We wanted to cre­ate a new sense of heal­ing through the en­vi­ron­ment,” says Kathy Gor­man, the hospi­tal’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer. The green space was in­spired by a for­mer pa­tient whose last wish was to be out­side. “Our team re­ally wanted to give her and our other pa­tients that op­por­tu­nity—to smell the fresh air and to heal.” The 7,200-square­foot gar­den opened in April, with ev­ery first lady from Ros­alynn Carter to Michelle Obama signed on as an honorary chair. “We hope this will cre­ate space for them to be a fam­ily and cel­e­brate mile­stones to­gether,” Gor­man says, “to for­get about IV pumps and mon­i­tors and go out­side, put their hands in the dirt, and be nor­mal through play.” 111 Michi­gan Ave.

NW, 202-476-5000; chil­dren­sna­tional.org

At Chil­dren’s ka­tional’s eeal­ing dar­den, pa­tients can en­joy a labyrinth to walk, in­ter­ac­tive wa­ter fea­tures, and views of the Capi­tol and the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment. dround sur­faces en­able easy trans­port of wheel­chairs and beds, while am­ple elec­tri­cal out­lets power spe­cial equip­ment.

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