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Spring is in the air at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery as construction has commenced on The Jane and Leonard Korman Family Healing Garden. The beautifully landscaped garden and waterfall will offer a place where patients, family and friends can relax, and staff can find a quiet respite from the workplace. Studies have shown that healing gardens provide physical, psychological and emotional benefits by reducing stress and improving our overall sense of wellbeing. In fact, The Joint Commission which accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States, recommends that “patients and visitors have opportunities to connect with nature through outside spaces, plants, indoor atriums, and views from windows.” The 21,500 square-foot Healing Garden is being integrated with the South Entrance to the hospital building and will incorporate a serpentine walkway providing shaded areas and benches for visitors. The focal point is a unique wall feature with a cascading waterfall. An extensive palette of plant material, including trees, shrubs, groundcovers, perennials and bulbs, tied to each of the four seasons, will be planted in the Healing Garden. Walkways and plantings will be accented with landscape lighting. The principal-in-charge of the design was the late Stuart Appel of Wells Appel, a Philadelphia firm that specializes in planning, landscape architecture and urban design. The project is currently being managed by Dan Chieco, RLA, a Senior Associate with Wells Appel. Gilbane Inc., is the firm managing the construction. “We know how difficult it can be when people come to a hospital either for their own health issues or to visit a loved one,” said Leonard Korman. “That’s why my wife Jane and I are so pleased to help create a quiet, soothing refuge where patients and visitors can connect with nature and lighten their load a bit.” The Healing Garden is made possible through a very generous gift from The Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation. Leonard Korman has been a member of the Einstein Board for more than three decades, serving in a variety of leadership positions. Jane Korman served on Einstein Medical Center Montgomery’s Art Committee which helped select the approximate 550 pieces of art that contribute to its healing environment. Jane and Leonard Korman have three married daughters, Alison Korman Feldman, Susan Schurr, and Catherine Altman. Alison Korman Feldman is an Einstein board member, continuing her family’s long tradition of service. “It is a very exciting time at Einstein,” said Barry R. Freedman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Einstein Healthcare Network. “The Healing Garden is a tremendous addition and we’re grateful for the Korman family’s generosity.” There will be a dedication inscribed into the wall feature in memory of Leonard and Jane Korman’s parents, Max and Matilda Korman, and David Friedman and Rosalie Friedman Wachs. The dedication will also include the following quote from the great scientist Albert Einstein: “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” The project is expected to be completed in September 2013.