Research has shown the therapeutic benefit of gardens. Patients recovering from surgery with views of nature had shorter post-operative stays, took less pain medication and experienced fewer complications. Clinical studies have also found viewing nature produces positive changes in a patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.
At Stoughton Hospital, we strongly believe hospital surroundings can positively affect the mood, stress-level and over all well-being of our patients and their families.
That’s why with your help, we will be creating a Wellness Garden.
The Wellness Garden will be located on the west side of the hospital campus next to the ambulance garage and will have a view of the Yahara River. We envision the Wellness Garden as a quiet oasis, a respite and place of solitude; a place where the community can gather to revitalize their mind, body and spirit.
The Wellness Garden will feature open areas for wellness activities such as yoga, Tai Chi, physical therapy and rehabilitation. It will also be a space for community-centered events such as the Partners of Stoughton Hospital flower sales.
Future considerations include connecting the Wellness Garden with the Yahara River Bike Trail, allowing trail access from Madison to Stoughton.
The Partners of Stoughton Hospital donated $25,000 to complete the first phase of the project by having two paths cleared and mulched, stretching from the top portion future Wellness Garden to the hospital all the way to the Yahara River.
Moyer’s Inc., Landscape Services & Hometown Nurseries, donated services to create a design for the remaining areas of the garden.
We hope to begin construction in the spring and complete before Labor Day 2018. The estimated cost to build the Wellness Garden is $100,000. With donations from the Stoughton Hospital Foundation, the Partners of Stoughton Hospital and Love Light Celebrations, over half has been raised.