Scheduled for completion in 2015, the healing garden at Great Plains Regional Medical Center will be a magnificent outdoor sanctuary carefully designed to reinvigorate the soul during the health care journey. The serenity and breathtaking beauty of the healing garden will transcend visitors from the anxiety associated with a difficult diagnosis or stressful trauma to a place of inner peace and strength. It will be a safe refuge and a private place for contemplation. The healing garden at Great Plains will be a holistic destination where the mind, body and spirit can truly connect.
Healing garden facts
The healing garden will be locat ed on the west side of the hospital campus between the new patient tower entrance and the Callahan Cancer Center.
It will be a natur al setting that combines water, flowers, greenery, comfortable seating areas and whimsical pathways designed to encourage stress reduction, elevate positive feelings and reduce negative emotions.
The healing garden will include native trees and grasses, a stone wall for privacy and many shaded areas.
The garden area will be approximately 10,000 square feet with an estimated cost of $600,000 for all features, plants, lighting and water systems.
“As a nurse practitioner, I often feel the need of my patients and their families looking for a quiet place to reflect during their health care journey. I think it’s wonderful of the community to recognize the healing garden as a need in North Platte and to help raise the funds to make it happen.” – Traci Hoatson, ARNP, GPRMC heart and vascular department
“Kevin passed away four years ago from cancer. As anyone can imagine, it was a difficult time for our family. He was my brother and just 45-years-old. As we sat at the Hospice House in Denver week-after-week trying to comfort him and yet anticipating his death, it was clear that in the midst of all his pain, we could not burden him with ours. We found solace in a healing garden that we discovered on campus. It was beautiful, serene and very private. It was a place where I could go to cry, to pray, to allow my soul to be at peace with what was happening to Kevin – to us. I felt safe there, as if for just one moment, I could forget about the inevitable and recharge myself to become the stronger person Kevin needed me to be for himself and his two children.” – Fiona Libsack, North Platte resident