St. Francis knows the important role that natural elements and light play in a patient’s healing process. To help make a bit of the outdoors available to its patients, the hospital is creating four rooftop gardens, totaling 19,800 square feet. Located on the second and third floor roofs of the new patient tower, the rooftop gardens will occupy approximately 35 percent of the new roof.
The purpose of the gardens is to promote an aesthetically pleasing environment that contributes to each patient’s healing process during their stay at St. Francis. Ornamental perennials of different sizes and colors, along with a variety of plants will decorate the rooftops. Most patients will have a view of the roof and the colorful plants that change with the seasons.
The rooftop gardens will be fully planted and blooming by spring 2011.