Emory Winship Cancer Institute will hold a dedication ceremony for its new Vaughn-Jordan Healing Garden on Sunday, March 26, 2006, at 2 p.m. The event will take place in the garden, which is located at the Plaza Level entrance of Winship on Lowergate Drive. Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of Emory University School of Medicine and Jonathan W. Simons, MD, director of Emory's Winship Cancer Institute will speak at the dedication.
The Vaughn-Jordan Healing Garden's natural environment includes a water feature, plants and trees, engraved pavers and benches, and a commemorative stone plaza. A beautifully landscaped space, the garden is meant to be a contemplative, peaceful setting in which visitors find welcome respite from cancer treatment.
Construction of the Vaughn-Jordan Healing Garden began last summer and was made possible by the support of hundreds of donors. The 2005 Southeastern Flower Show designated the garden as its Legacy Garden, raising awareness in the Atlanta community and providing funding for plants.
The garden's name stems from a significant donation by the Vaughn-Jordan Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to horticultural and botanical enrichment. Trustees from the Vaughn-Jordan Foundation will be present at the ceremony to formally dedicate the garden.
Integral to the Garden's design are engraved pavers and benches, which provide opportunities for patients, caregivers, nurses, physicians and others to both support construction of the garden and provide a lasting tribute to family and loved ones. The inspiring stories behind each paver and bench speak to the courage, hope and strength of those whose lives have been touched by cancer. "From its inception to its construction, the Vaughn-Jordan Healing Garden has been an incredible journey, made possible by generous gifts from patients, their families and the community," said Vicki Riedel, Winship's senior director of development. "We believe that the garden will be a source of joy and beauty, providing comfort and peace for those in need."
"The Vaughn-Jordan Healing Garden provides a vital addition to the patient-centered care that we provide here," said Jonathan Simons, MD, director of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute. "We recognize that cancer can have a devastating effect on the spirit and on the body. This garden offers a wonderful restorative place where our patients and healthcare staff can reenergize and reconnect."
A reception will follow the dedication. In addition, volunteers will help guests locate their pavers and benches, and guided tours of the Winship building will be offered. Parking is available in the parking decks located on Lowergate Drive.