Serenity abounds through The Jane and Leonard Korman Family Healing Garden
For patients, medical professionals and visitors alike, hospitals can be places filled with heightened emotions and stress. Thanks to a generous gift from The Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery now has a peaceful outdoor space to help reduce that stress.
The Jane and Leonard Korman Family Healing Garden will serve as a sanctuary where people can relax, reflect and find a quiet respite. The project, which commenced construction in March, is a natural match between funding needs and interests for the Kormans, who have focused their time and philanthropy on healthcare, nature and arts-related causes and institutions.
“We know how difficult it can be when people come to a hospital either for their own health issues or to visit a loved one,” says Leonard Korman. “That’s why my wife, Jane, and I are so pleased to create a quiet, soothing refuge where patients and visitors can connect with nature and lighten their load a bit.”
Leonard has been a member of the Einstein Board of Trustees for more than three decades, serving in a variety of leadership positions. Jane―a former gallery owner and Morris Arboretum advisory board member who remains active in the local arts community―served on Einstein Montgomery’s Art Committee, which helped select more than 500 pieces of art that contribute to the hospital’s healing environment. Jane and Leonard Korman have three daughters, Alison Korman Feldman, Susan Schurr and Catherine Altman. Alison Korman Feldman is an Einstein board member, continuing her family’s long tradition of service.
Studies show interacting with nature provides important physical, psychological and emotional benefits. The Joint Commission which accredits and certifies healthcare organizations and programs, recommends “patients and visitors have opportunities to connect with nature through outside spaces, plants, indoor atriums and views from windows.
Integrated with the hospital’s South Entrance and adjacent to the Betsy and Richard Sheerr Patio, the21,500 square-foot garden incorporates a serpentine walkway providing shaded areas and benches, with landscape lighting accenting the walkways and plantings. The focal point is a unique wall feature with a cascading waterfall.
An extensive palette of trees, shrubs, groundcovers, perennials and bulbs tied to each of the four seasons will be planted. Seasonal planting types will include Dwarf Witch Alder, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Sedum, Virginia Sweetspire and Honeylocust (fall); Plum Yew, Russian Sage, Youngstown Juniper, Blue Pacific Juniper and Chinese Elm (winter); Dwarf Iris, Deutzia, Ornamental Onion, Crocus and Tulip (spring); and Yarrow, Veronica, Coneflower, Drift Rose and Coreopsis (summer).
The garden was designed by the late Stuart Appel of Wells Appel, a Philadelphia firm specializing in planning, landscape architecture and urban design. The project is being managedby Dan Chieco, RLA, a senior associate with Wells Appel, with construction management by Gilbane Inc.
“This is a very exciting time at Einstein Montgomery,” says the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, Beth Duffy. “The Jane and Leonard Korman Family Healing Garden is a tremendous addition, and we’re grateful for the family’s generosity.”The garden wall features a dedication inscribed in memory of Leonard’s parents, Max and Matilda Korman, and Jane’s parents, David Friedman and Rosalie Friedman Wachs. The dedication also includes the following quote from the great scientist Albert Einstein: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
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