A hospital can be a scary place for children, especially if they’re the ones being treated for an illness or injury. So why is it becoming an everyday sight to to see youngsters laughing and playing outside of Hopkins County Memorial Hospital?
For that, you can thank the many people who helped the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation raise more than $100,000 through its 2008-2009 Lights of Life campaign and gala.
The new Children’s Therapy Gardens at Memorial was built with some of that money raised through Lights of Life.
“It warms our hearts to see the children playing in the gardens and enjoying the sunshine,” said Health Care Foundation Director Jackie Thornton. “Because of the generosity of our Lights of Life sponsors and guests, we surpassed our $100,000 goal and we were able to use a portion of the funds raised to build the beautiful playground for the children.”
According to Thornton, children with physical challenges now have “a beautiful and fun place” to play while they are at the medical center receiving therapy.
“With the warmer weather that is predicted for next week, we expect to see more children outside playing on the playground every day the weather permits,” Thornton said.
Children come from surrounding counties to receive therapy at Healthplex at Memorial, the medical office building on the southeast grounds of the HCMH complex where the therapy gardens are located.
Jeff Sant, a certified physical therapist and director of rehabilitation at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, “is excited about the benefits of the Children’s Gardens will provide for the children,” as are pediatric therapists Elsianne Horton, occupational therapist Megan Wells and speech therapist Jenny Spencer.
For more information, about the Children’s Gardens and how you can become involved, call Healthplex at Memorial at 903-439-4053.
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