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Hospice Employees Team Up with Area Garden Centers to Beautify Local Healthcare Facilities

In the spirit of Earth Day, the Heartland Hospice Serving Central Wisconsin Wellness Committee decided to team up with local garden centers to beautify the grounds of some area healthcare facilities. Although Wisconsin flower planting season didn’t coincide well with Earth Day 2021, the committee members didn’t allow that to dampen their plans. “We simply delayed our planting until the timing was right for the flowers to flourish,” said Sarah Darr, Heartland Hospice bereavement coordinator.

The Wellness Committee is a peer-led employee committee aimed at creating a healthy work culture. “Our committee takes a holistic approach to wellness by focusing on the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and financial needs of employees,” said Sarah. “We seek to provide enriching activities for employees to join.”

Amanda Cottrell, Heartland Hospice volunteer coordinator, said the planting project was a great way to involve the hospice team and interested hospice volunteers in spreading joy to some of the communities Heartland serves. “While some of our facilities are allowing visitors, many are not. Planting flowers is a way to honor Earth Day and spread cheer to residents, families and healthcare employees at some of the facilities we work closely with,” said Amanda.

The Heartland Hospice team and volunteers planted flowers at five separate healthcare facilities. “We’re so grateful for the generosity of Mill Creek Gardens and the thoughtfulness of Heartland Hospice to put this together,” said Tanya Kundinger, Director at Aster Retirement Community. “We sure are enjoying the beautiful flower planters,” she said.

Heartland and the healthcare facilities wish to express sincere thanks to the Central Wisconsin greenhouses and garden centers that generously donated the flowers and plants: Twin Creeks Nursery & Greenhouses, Mill Creek Garden Center, Reeves Greenhouse, Weaver’s Greenhouse and Village Gardens. “We believe flowers make people happy and that it’s important to be good to people,” said Danielle Winer, owner of Mill Creek Garden Center of Marshfield. “Those goals perfectly aligned with Heartland’s goals for this project. Thank you for letting us take part!”