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From The Times Herald:
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery held the official dedication of the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Healing Garden on Sunday afternoon.
The garden was donated by Jane and Leonard Korman and designed by Jane and the late Stuart Appel of Wells Appel.
“Jane and I have always been believers in the power of nature. We need it to make sure this hospital and this facility can provide a place of healing for its patients and families,” Leonard said of the garden. “The healing garden has become an integral part of the literature associated with the benefits of reducing stress and improving well-being.”
Barry R. Freedman, president and chief executive officer of Einstein Healthcare Network, thanked Jane and Leonard in front of the community gathered, which included several of the Kormans’ grandchildren. After Leonard gave a speech highlighting the importance of the garden in pursuing Albert Einstein’s goal of promoting healthy living, his grandchildren unveiled the inscription decorating the garden’s waterfall.
The inscription, which is a quote from Albert Einstein, reads, “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better,” and is in memory of Max and Maltilda Korman and David and Rosalie Friedman Wachs.
The donation of the garden is part of a larger fundraising project, The Einstein Campaign that originally set out to raise $100 million before the 150th anniversary of Einstein’s founding on June 30, 2016. The campaign exceeded its goal early and announced in a press release from Sept. 19 a new goal of $150 million.
“This is more than a campaign about bricks and mortar. It is a comprehensive campaign that embodies our determination to sustain Einstein’s historic commitment to healthcare excellence, innovation and opportunity while enhancing its national reputation,” said Freedman in a press release from Einstein.
Einstein’s website, Einstein.edu, describes the garden’s features, including “serpentine walkways 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.”
Joseph T. Sikora, the new principal in charge of design after Stuart Appel’s passing, said the project was difficult.
“Working with all that open-space, you want to make sure it highlights without hindering the natural beauty of the landscape,” Sikora said, “but I think it turned out wonderfully.”