Recognizing the growing demands and complexities nurses are facing amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Palm Health Foundation and Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (ANSG) will partner to offer a free day of art and nature to health care heroes through the Healers in the Gardens program. The program is funded by a grant from Palm Health Foundation and will offer 500 Palm Beach County nurses and their guests complimentary admittance to ANSG to acknowledge and thank them for their devotion to patient care. The program launched on October 1 as part of Palm Health Foundation’s Train the Brain: Resiliency and Self-Care in the Face of Adversity campaign. Healers in the Gardens will run through June 30, 2021, or until guest passes run out.
Frances Fisher, chairwoman of Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and a Palm Health Foundation trustee, saw how bringing the two organizations together could benefit nurses’ mental health while recognizing the important contributions they devote to patient care.
“Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens believes that those who create an environment of compassion deserve heartfelt appreciation for the crucial difference they make in the lives they touch,” she said. “From my service with Palm Health Foundation and understanding their dedication to nurses as well as behavioral health, I know that nurses are having an especially profound effect on patients, but also need to take time for self-care.”
Patrick McNamara, Palm Health Foundation president and CEO, sees the partnership as a meaningful extension of the foundation’s long history of recognizing the contributions of nurses and its dedication to growing and strengthening the nursing workforce in Palm Beach County. “We are grateful to Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens for bringing us this unique opportunity to offer nurses a day of peace and respite in beautiful surroundings as appreciation for their selfless and courageous service,” said McNamara. “We need to take care of our nurses so that they can continue taking care of us.”
Nurses can claim their free guest pass to the gardens on a first-come, first-served basis by visiting the Eventbrite link here.