Designed Exclusively For Behavioral Health Inpatients
Prince William Hospital administrators, staff and Manassas Scout Troop #670
gathered to unveil an outdoor oasis providing a tranquil environment for
behavioral health patients. The garden provides a secure outdoor space for
enhanced therapy activities to inspire healing, including gardening, relaxation
through soothing colors and beauty of the garden, and physical exercise.
Named "Tranquility Garden" by staff, the 3,200 square foot garden was
thoughtfully landscaped with greenery and flowers, a pathway for strolling, and
hosts raised garden planters, a fish pond and a colorful mural depicting a beach
scene. Designed based on research that physical environments can have multiple
psychological, behavioral, social and biological influences on health, the
collaborative community effort, involved Manassas Scout Troop #670 and mural
artist Olivia Smith giving their time and talent to transform the space so
patients can connect and benefit from nature. "Giving is part of Scout Spirit so
it is an honor that our young men led and managed this service project, a true
transformation that will benefit members of our community," said Robert Lesefka,
scout master, Scout Troop #670.
The therapeutic space is an outdoor extension of an interior Comfort Room
that opened in January of this year also designed to help improve physical
health, anxiety, mood, attention and memory. Staff members utilize multi-sensory
and relaxation interventions to promote a calming environment. "Environment is
an important area of focus in healthcare, which is impacting how we design care
delivery settings," commented Kent Alford, director of behavioral health.
"Providing our inpatients at the Center for Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment
with a safe and secure place to engage in nature and enjoy fresh air showcases
our commitment to provide remarkable care."