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New LVHN Healing Garden Helps Patients, Families During Hospital Stay
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (WLVT) - A new garden at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Muhlenberg campus is a place for people to find comfort while they are staying at the hospital.

“When patients are in the hospital and families, they’re often stressed,” said President of the Muhlenberg campus, Bob Begliomini. “It’s an important part of the recovery process.”

The new garden has a walkway, flowers, tables and benches for sitting. Begliomini said it’s conveniently located to allow hospital staff to also get a break.

“You’re caring for the patient, but you’re also caring for the family that’s with that patient,” said Begliomini. “So the opportunity for us to have a courtyard like this in close proximity to the patients and the staff is really, really important.”

The garden was made possible by the hospital's auxiliary team, with a donation of $100,000. “They do fundraisers throughout the year and those funds were able to help us create this space," said Begliomini.

The healing garden is open to anyone at the hospital, and if you need to visit, hospital staff can escort you whenever you need it.