Memorial Foundation seeks to improve health, wellness, and related services throughout Memorial.

Siteman Healing Garden at Memorial Hospital Shiloh

Research has shown that engaging with nature has multiple health benefits and presents an opportunity to improve outcomes. As part of Siteman Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital Shiloh’s overall plan of care for its patients, architects have been very deliberate in facility design to incorporate nature to help patients and their families feel more relaxed during a very stressful and uncertain time in their lives.

In addition to the already peaceful and beautiful park-like setting on the Memorial Hospital Shiloh campus, a Healing Garden has been incorporated into the Siteman at Memorial Hospital Shiloh’s design. This space provides a place for patients, families, and caregivers to find comfort, manage anxiety and stress, and find a healing environment—things they might not have elsewhere. It also helps create awareness that everyone is part of the cancer journey. 

Gardens and landscaped areas are beneficial in treating patients with cancer by:

  • Helping patients achieve a sense of self control.
  • Encouraging social support.
  • Offering opportunities for movement and light exercise.
  • Providing soothing distractions.

While an important part of Siteman at Memorial Hospital Shiloh, funding for the Healing Garden is not part of the project cost. Infrastructure and landscaping costs for a Healing Garden on the Siteman at Memorial Hospital Shiloh campus is $445,000. This does not include ongoing maintenance.

The Memorial Foundation is seeking donations to fund the Siteman at Memorial Hospital Shiloh Healing Garden. Gifts can be made in honor or memory of a loved one and will be acknowledged throughout the Garden. Memorial’s Auxiliary already has committed $200,000 to this project. Won’t you join them and make a difference?

Donor recognition

  • Gifts of $10,000 or more will be recognized with plaques on the stone walls near the entry of the Garden.
  • Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 will be recognized with plaques on the stone walls throughout the space.
  • Gifts of $1,000 to $4,999 will be recognized with etched garden stakes placed throughout the Garden.
  • Named gift opportunities exist; please contact the Memorial Foundation to discuss those options.

In addition, contributions designated for the Garden will go toward your cumulative giving to the Memorial Foundation and recognized as such on the donor wall. Gifts can be made by cash, credit card, or check. To make your donation, please call the Memorial Foundation at ( 618) 257-5659.

Healing Arts Program

Memorial Foundation’s Healing Arts Program provides an opportunity for donors to select artwork for designated spaces on our hospital campuses. Learn more about the Healing Arts Program at Memorial Hospital Belleville and Memorial Hospital Shiloh online or by calling ( 618) 257-5659.

Tranquility Garden at Memorial Hospital Shiloh

Funds raised from churches during the 2014 Progress Rooted in Tradition Capital Campaign for Memorial, along with contributions from Memorial employees, were used to create a tranquility garden adjacent to the front entrance of Memorial Hospital Shiloh. The garden serves as a lovely focal point just outside the hospital’s chapel.

The evergreen tree used in the garden was from the “topping out” ceremony at Memorial Hospital Shiloh in September 2015. This ceremony marked placement of the final piece of structural steel in the hospital’s construction. The area also is adorned with flowering dogwoods and other ornamental plants and pots with seasonal flowers.

The Memorial Foundation is seeking additional donor funds for a sculptural centerpiece in the tranquility garden. Plans include installing a sculpture on a base that would contain a time capsule filled with items commemorating the history, construction, and opening of Memorial Hospital Shiloh. This addition to the space could be made in honor or memory of someone and provide a lasting legacy for generations to come.

If you have an interest in this project, please contact the Memorial Foundation at ( 618) 257-5659.

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