Growing smiles at St Martha's Regional Hospital

The patio deck on the Geriatric Assessment and Rehabilitation/ DVA/Med Surg Unit at St Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish was recently upgraded with a new deck. The new deck was made possible with support from the Commissionaires of Nova Scotia, as a contribution to the Veterans who reside on the Unit. The space is inviting and is enjoyed by patients, families and staff. To enhance the space, the planters are also a recent addition, donated as a memorial by the family of a long-serving nurse. Besides creating a visually appealing space, the planters are also used as a way to embrace horticultural therapy. Artist-in-residence, Rachel Power, and her group were happy to get their hands dirty filling the planters with annuals!

Sadie Boyd

Sadie Boyd
Sadie Boyd shares a joke with Rehabilitation Assistant Megan Crawford at St Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish. Sadie was filling up some new planters with flowers on the garden deck.

Mary Macdonald

Mary Macdonald
There were lots of smiles at St Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish with planting underway on the new deck. Mary MacDonald had lots of help (from left) from GARU Manager Carla Bond, Artist in Residence Rachel Power and Occupational Therapist Lori Young.

Effie Joosten

Effie Joosten
Effie Joosten takes a break from planting to pose with some nurses at St Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish. From left are Nirmal Jot Kaur, Carissa Chapman, Maggie Smith, Jill Brown and Nicole Meagher.

Diane Pero

Diane Pero
Diane Pero gives some planting tips to nurses Carissa Chapman and Becky Venedam at St Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish.