New garden a quiet space for those in palliative care
About 35 community members and GV Health staff gathered on Saturday to launch the new garden that had been dedicated to late Shepparton resident Roz Dean.
Ms Dean spent time in palliative care before she died in July 2016.
Ms Dean’s husband Denis Dean said during her time in palliative care he greatly appreciated the care his wife received, but felt as though the ward would benefit by adding a nice outdoor space for patients to enjoy.
Following the death of his wife, Mr Dean began driving the project to ensure future patients would have that.
At the launch of the garden, Mr Dean said he was thrilled to see the space so beautifully done and housing some of Ms Dean’s favourite plants.
GV Health foundation director Carmel Johnson said the garden had exceeded her expectations.
‘‘We’ve received so much support. With the generosity of the Dean family and Spiire, who came on board and were able to provide the design, along with so many businesses, we’ve been able to create something we only dreamt of,’’ she said.
Ms Johnson said the input of people had been overwhelming and greatly appreciated by the hospital.
‘‘When you go through the list of all the people that have contributed in one way or another, Goulburn Valley Health is very fortunate to have such generous support from the community,’’ she said.
She said the garden Spiire’s Adam Gardner and Martina Mohenska designed was practical, pleasant and would be enjoyed for many years to come.