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Over three years of planning and preparations preceded the opening of Morris Hospital’s new Serenity Garden.  Adjacent to the hospital’s main entrance, an outdoor area now offers patients, visitors and staff a quiet and peaceful place for reflection. Accessible through a dedicated doorway off the main lobby, a variety of seating areas display varying levels of privacy, including a semi-private meditation space separated by foliage.

All costs, including trees, plants, and a custom made "halo" nook featuring a half arch pergola were funded by the Morris Hospital Foundation. The garden is open during the hospital main lobby hours of operation. 

Even without stepping outside, patients and visitors can enjoy the garden’s beauty through the floor to ceiling windows in the main lobby hallway. Night time features make the garden visible from the hallway after dark, which will be especially appreciated during the winter months.

Morris Hospital’s original Serenity Garden, created in 2006, has been converted to indoor space for the new Women’s Imaging Center, as part of the hospital’s main campus renovations that have been ongoing since 2019. 

A team of employees worked together to conceptualize the new garden, share ideas, and eventually approve the plans and renderings. George McComb, President of the Morris Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, and Michael Hoover generously donated their time to plant the new garden and will remain two of the dedicated volunteers who care for the new space.

All memorials and engraved bricks from the original garden are being moved to the new location as Morris Hospital Foundation continues to accept memorial gifts, through the purchase of stone pavers, for the garden.