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The Arbor Day Foundation recognizes Westfields Hospital & Clinic as a Tree Campus Healthcare Facility

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The Arbor Day Foundation has named Westfields Hospital & Clinic a Tree Campus Healthcare facility. This program aims to transform community health and wellness and ultimately save lives through the health benefits provided by trees, as well as recognize healthcare institutions that make an impact on wellness through tree planting, education and community engagement.

Westfields Hospital & Clinic is among the first 16 participants to earn recognition in the Foundation’s first year of the program. To receive Tree Campus Healthcare recognition, Westfields Hospital & Clinic met five program standards: have an advisory committee, facility tree care plan, community forestry project, a celebration event and a financial investment toward a tree care plan or projects.

“Tree Campus Healthcare celebrates the efforts of healthcare facilities creating a healthier and greener property,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation.  “Trees can play an important role in patient recovery and overall community wellness. This designation is a sign of healthcare facilities’ commitment to the connections between nature and health.”

Tree Campus Healthcare strives to improve human health outcomes by connecting inpatient healthcare facilities of all sizes with local community forestry programs, while improving the extent and condition of the community forest. Facilities in the U.S. delivering inpatient healthcare services are eligible for Tree Campus Healthcare recognition, including hospitals, senior care and other residential rehabilitation properties.

“Several studies show that being out in nature can improve our physical and mental health,” said Steve Massey, President and CEO of Westfields Hospital & Clinic. “Over the years, we’ve made intentional improvements to our campus to celebrate nature, which in turn enhances the healing environment for our patients.”

For more information visit www.treecampushealthcare.org.

Photo: Members of the Westfields Hospital & Clinic green team, left to right: Paul Fredrickson, Kelly Barrett, Chelsea Long, Nathan Schoone, Kelly Wesley.