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Healing Gardens

Nature is my medicine.  ~ Sara Moss-Wolfe ~

In keeping with the Franciscan value to care for the whole person, St. Joseph's Hospitals (Founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany) treats not only the body, but focuses on a person's spirit and mind. St. Francis of Assisi is known for his love of nature. While nature can not cure an infection or disease, it can assist in the healing process.

St. Joseph's Hospitals have healing gardens located throughout each of the three campuses. The gardens contain a variety of plants, walking paths, statues and benches. For patients, the gardens can promote a sense of well-being that leads to reduced anxiety, lower blood pressure and enhanced immune functions. The gardens can also provide a quiet distraction for anxious family members or a spot for reflection and prayer. They can even provide a place where our staff and physicians can take a moment to break away from a stressful situation.

St. Francis at St. Joseph's Hospital

Our Lady of All Nations at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital

Healing Gardens at St. Joseph's Hospital











Healing Gardens at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital






For more information, please call the Chaplain’s Office at (813) 870-4258.

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