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Fundraising drive to establish healing garden in celebration of 20 years of service to the bayside community

Fundraising drive to establish healing garden

In November, Mater Private Hospital Redland celebrates 20 years of serving the community. 

Mater Private Hospital Redland is Redland’s city’s only private hospital facility. Located in the suburb of Cleveland, the 60-bed hospital features two operating theatres and a wide range of specialised surgical and medical services. 

Since opening in 2000, Mater Private Hospital Redland has proudly served the local community and in turn the community has supported the hospital through donations, volunteering and fundraising drives.

To celebrate the 20th year, Mater Foundation is running a fundraising drive to establish a healing garden within the facilities.

According to Clinical Director Carlie Nielsen, the healing garden will impact all patients who visit Mater Redland but especially rehabilitation, medical and end of life patients who often spend extended periods of time under the care of Mater. 

“Evidenced based research now demonstrates the positive effects that nature can have on patients and their healing process. In our facility this has been observed in smaller ways when patients have had the opportunity to visit our cafe or sit for a short time in the fresh air just outside as their condition permits,” Carlie said.

“The space will also provide grieving loved ones a tranquil space in which to spend some time and will provide an area for staff and volunteers to take a break.”

The healing garden will be built on a currently unused balcony which will be made accessible to all.

Mater Foundation Executive Director Andrew Thomas said given the significance of this garden for patients, families, staff and volunteers it seemed fitting that Mater Foundation would ask the community to consider a gift towards it as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations.

“We hope the healing garden will be built with community support and utilised b y the community whenever they need the care of Mater Private Redland for many years to come,” Andrew said.

Mater Foundation needs to raise $35 000 to fund the healing garden.  To make a donation or for more information contact Mitch Witherington on 07 3163 8000. 

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