Healing is more than getting quality medical care — it’s about the heart, the mind and the spirit. Renown Health understands that during a patient’s most difficult moments, art can be a source of inspiration, comfort and strength.
Renown Health has made a push in the last several years to incorporate healing arts across the board to benefit their patients and staff. In 2010, Renown enlisted Marie Wikoff to help design what is known today as the Healing Garden Waiting Room and lead the team as the Project Manager for the John and Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden.
After more than a year of planning and construction, Renown Health opened its Children’s Healing Garden to entertain and provide relaxation for patients and their families.
The Waiting Room is intended to be the access point to the Garden and serves as an area from which parents can watch. It has bright colored toys for tots, gaming and computers for teens and even comfortable seating for the parents.
The Garden has kinetic horses, large insect and flower sculptures. The ground underneath the playground equipment is made up of a soft-fall surface. A terraced trellis provides a secure place for parents to relax and watch their children play. The entire playground is secured by a tall mural fence along the back wall.
This area is a mini-Disneyland for patients, siblings and parents alike to come and enjoy.