240 Meeting House Lane
March 9, 2017
Since 1909, Southampton Hospital has been committed to providing the best care for its patients and to promoting the health and well-being of the community. This year, Southampton Hospital will grow that commitment by ending the use of synthetic landscape chemicals on its 13-acre grounds.
“We are pleased to be on the vanguard of support for PRFCT Places,” said Robert Chaloner, Hospital President & CEO. “The health of Southampton Hospital’s staff, volunteers, patients, visitors, and pet therapy dogs is critically important, and joining the Perfect Earth Project is another opportunity for us to maintain a healthy environment on our campus.”
The heart of the hospital’s landscape is the newly revitalized Garden of Hope honoring cancer patients and community members. This 20-year-old garden has been a volunteer-led project since its inception, including an extensive restoration in 2016. A brick walkway within the garden honors and memorializes patients who have experienced breast cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, as well as community members who have supported the garden’s design and maintenance.
Garden Volunteer Abigail Hubbell
“It’s contrary to common sense to be putting down toxic pesticides to make lawns look pretty when we’re trying to help people and provide health care for the community,” said Dave Lopez, Director of Facilities and Engineering at Southampton Hospital. “Being toxin-free is the right thing to do in this day and age.”
One of Dave’s biggest challenges? Managing a PRFCT watering schedule over multiple irrigation zones that doesn't inconvenience hospital visitors or interrupt staff shift transitions. But the benefits of transitioning to toxin-free far outweigh the headaches, he noted.
“I'm excited to see the outcome. When you know that you are taking care of the environment and protecting the people coming to the facility, ultimately, the challenges will be worth it,” he said. “Anybody who understands what we’re doing will appreciate it.”
“As a healthcare institution, our role is to promote the health of the people we’re serving, and that doesn’t just mean surgery,” said Robert Chaloner. “We’re in a unique position here on the East End of Long Island because the water we drink comes directly out of the ground. The idea of putting poison into the ground and into our water contradicts everything we’re trying to promote.”
In the next month, the hospital grounds will burst into bloom thanks to over 4,000 new bulbs donated and planted by local volunteers last fall. Perfect Earth Project’s PRFCT Places signs will be popping up in the hospital’s garden beds, alongside the newly planted bulbs, this spring.
- Read the PRFCT Places press release about Southampton Hospital
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All photos courtesy of Southampton Hospital.
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