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COVID-19 Inspired Sanctuary for Hospital Staff

For health care workers, well-being and emotional resilience is an important component of providing quality patient care – especially during stressful times.


As long shifts can be mentally and physically taxing for hospital staff during the pandemic, Queens General Hospital Foundation looked to nature’s healing powers with the Atrium project. The project provides hospital staff at Queens General Hospital an outdoor area where they can enjoy fresh air, open space and sunshine during their breaks.

“It was envisioned that the outdoor atrium space would be a quiet, pleasant space in the middle of the Hospital where staff could take breaks and bring food to eat. It would act as an oasis where they could rest, reflect and recharge before continuing on with their important work – looking after people, said Dr. Doucet.”

Composite furniture including tables, chairs and rockers were purchased from local business, Liverpool Home Hardware, who also generously donated a further table and four chairs for public use. While, the beautiful flowers were purchased from Ivan Higgins at the Cosby’s Garden Centre.

The hospital staff have been making good use of the space. They’ve shared with the Foundation that they feel appreciated for the work that they do and are thankful to the Foundation and its donors for making this possible.

Thanks to community members’ generosity, the staff will be able to enjoy the outdoors during the summer months!