NEW RICHMOND -- The Arbor Day Foundation has named Westfields Hospital & Clinic a 2020 Tree Campus Healthcare facility.
The program aims to transform community health and wellness and ultimately save lives through the health benefits provided by trees, as well as recognize health care institutions that make an impact on wellness through tree planting, education and community engagement.
Westfields Hospital & Clinic has earned recognition for the second time in the two years that the Foundation has operated the program. To receive Tree Campus Healthcare recognition, Westfields Hospital & Clinic met five program standards:
Have an advisory committee
Facility tree care plan
Community forestry project
Financial investment toward a tree care plan or projects
“Studies have shown that spending time outdoors, in nature, can help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression,” said Steve Massey, Westfields Hospital & Clinic president. “At Westfields, we’ve been very deliberate to promote and protect the natural environment of our campus, to enhance the healing environment for patients and the community. We welcome members of the public to spend time walking the trails on our campus.”
Tree Campus Healthcare strives to improve human health outcomes by connecting inpatient health care facilities of all sizes with local community forestry programs, while improving the extent and condition of the community forest. Facilities in the U.S. delivering inpatient health care services are eligible for Tree Campus Healthcare recognition, including hospitals, senior care and other residential rehabilitation properties.
“Tree Campus Healthcare celebrates the efforts of healthcare facilities creating a healthier and greener property,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees can play an important role in patient recovery and overall community wellness. This designation is a sign of health care facilities’ commitment to the connections between nature and health.”
For more information, visit www.treecampushealthcare.org.