Groundbreaking ceremony is held for Healing Garden

Groundbreaking ceremony is held for Healing Garden
A number of nursing home residents, Dakota Hospital Foundation board members and employees of Sanford Vermillion Medical Center gathered in the grassy open courtyard adjacent to the north wing of Sanford Care Center Vermillion to participate in the ceremonious ground breaking of the Healing Garden project scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.

"The Healing Garden has been a vision for the Sanford Care Center for the past three years. Through the dedication of the Dakota Hospital Foundation and their fund-raising efforts, the vision is being realized for the community of Vermillion.

"Sanford Vermillion Medical Center will be the first facility in a five state region to fully integrate reminiscence with therapeutic activities for the residents, patients, visitors, and staff. We will have created a space for quiet healing and meditation in addition to space where a patient can re-learn functions of the past through physical and occupational therapy," said Amy Thiesse, director of nursing at Sanford Care Center Vermillion.

The garden spans over 6,000 square feet of space and will include such items as a 1941 International truck, a windmill, a two-bottom plow as well as a water feature, raised flower beds and a pumpkin patch.

All these features intend to lend to the rural ambience with which citizens of the area are so familiar.

Ryan Griffith, chair of the Community Service Committee for the Intrafraternity Council at USD was on hand to represent the community at the groundbreaking.

Griffith chaired the recent Frisbee Golf Tournament fund-raiser event held for the Healing Garden project. Other participants in the turning of the dirt were Lorraine Zeller, care center resident, Mike Carlson, president, Dakota Hospital Foundation board and Thiesse.

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