TS10 - Therapeutic Green: Helping People Heal

Saturday, November 11 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk (Lobby) « Back

Abstract Text:

Countless studies demonstrate that patients heal more quickly in environments that promote connections to nature. This tour addresses ways the healthcare industry unites the benefits of green roofs, therapeutic landscapes, and resilient strategies.The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Spaulding is the nationally recognized teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is part of the Partners Healthcare network. The new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, conceptualized as a therapeutic tool for patients, is located on a former Charlestown Navy Yard waterfront parcel. The hospital includes multiple exterior spaces that allow patients, families, and staff access as a critical aspect to the hospital's care. The Howard Ulfelder, MD, Healing Garden at the Mass. General Hospital (MGH) Yawkey Cancer Center is a meditation space that provides solitude amidst abundant plants and stunning scenery. The healing garden has served as a touchstone and inspiration for green roofs and healing garden development nationwide. The magnificent outdoor healing garden, with adjacent interior garden space for use in inclement weather, is a restful place for meditation and relaxation for patients and their families. This project demonstrates MGH's leadership in championing high-performance healing environments. Tour restrictions: Government issued photo ID required. Photography of patients at the facilities is not permitted.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this tour Attendees will be able to demonstrate the efficacy and enduring value of healing gardens to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.

Upon completion of this tour Attendees will be able to discuss how a healthcare facility design can be altered well into the construction phase to integrate natural healing enviornments.

Upon completion of this tour Attendees will be able to explain the nexus between resilient and sustainable design, including technologies and systems that provide co-benefits.

Upon completion of this tour Attendees will be able to identify and implement strategies that enhance a facility’s resilience to climate change impacts while improving patient safety, including using plantings and retaining walls to create a protective reef against storms, elevating emergency and life support services above the flood plain.

Learning Level:

Level 300 - Application/Implementation


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Event Type: Tour > Session