2016-10-26 / Community

York Hospital Dedicates Garden at Miracles Birthing & Family Care Center

YORK — Marking the first milestone of York Hospital’s Miracles – Birthing & Family Care Center Renovation, president & CEO Jud Knox welcomed guests at the opening of the Garden Room Oct. 19. A light-filled and uplifting space for families and patients to gather, relax, reflect and celebrate the birth of a new baby or grandchild, the room overlooks an inspiring landscape outside its expansive windows. This inviting garden was, in particular, the focus of a special dedication that also took place that afternoon, honoring the memory of Amy Pendergast Harris.

“The enjoyment of the Garden Room would not be complete without looking beyond its walls and windows to the gardens which surround it,” Knox said. “These particular gardens, with their sculptures, gentle waterfall and bursts of color are especially meaningful,” he said, “as they were lovingly designed and created in memory of Amy by her father Mark Pendergast, and the dedicated employees of Salmon Falls Nursery & Landscaping.”

Members of the Pendergast and Harris families and friends joined in the celebration that marked the opening of the Garden Room and the dedication of the enchanting landscape that surrounds it. Knox read the inscription on the newly installed garden plaque which paid tribute to Amy – “Devoted Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Teacher and Friend – and all that she was to those in her life.” When later the crowd lightened, the family gathered for a quiet prayer service led by a family friend and priest, offering blessings as inspired as the surroundings themselves; “May this garden be a place where the gift of laughter will rise above our troubles, where treasured stories will be shared to make us wiser, where the pain of loss will be embraced with arms of hope and trust.”

Knox also reminded guests that the gardens “are also a symbol of life and renewal and this is a special time in the life of York Hospital as babies are welcomed in our new Birthing and Family Care Center.”

Although the Garden Room’s opening marks the first milestone, the scheduled completion for the renovation is February 2017. Miracles Birthing & Family Care Center will offer families renovated labor, delivery and recovery rooms, an updated newborn security system; private nursery rooms; and a direct telemedicine connection with Massachusetts General Hospital.

For more information about York Hospital services and providers, contact York Hospital’s Friendraising Office at 351-2385 or info@yorkhospital.com.

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