Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Opens Updated Garden Patio on Complex Continuing Care Unit

CHATHAM-KENT: September 11, 2019 – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) recently celebrated the re-opening of its rooftop garden patio located on the Complex Continuing Care (CCC) unit at the Chatham Site. The garden patio was originally created through a generous donation made possible by Wes D. and Pat Thompson in 2007.

Designed in partnership with staff and Patient Advisors, the rooftop patio underwent renovations this past summer and now boasts a refreshed look that offers a safe and accessible outdoor area for patients, families and visitors to sit in and enjoy.


Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) rooftop garden patio is now open for patients, families and visitors to enjoy. The patio can be accessed through the Family Room located on the Complex Continuing Care unit in Zone E, Level 3 at the Chatham Site.

“With our philosophy of Patient and Family Centred Care in mind, the garden patio was designed to be wheelchair accessible and encompasses a flower bed installed at the appropriate height for patients who would like to do some gardening during their stay in hospital,” said Lori Marshall, President and CEO. “Having the opportunity to garden or simply enjoy an outdoor space is beneficial to our patients’ recovery.”

All patients and families are welcome to use this patio while visiting CKHA throughout every unit. The patio can be accessed through the Family Room in the Complex Continuing Care department located in Zone E, Level 3.

“This patio is a cherished relaxation spot for patients and families while in the hospital visiting their loved ones. It is a beautiful, airy, quiet place to recharge and has been transformed into a spacious and comfortable area with plants and seating. It is heartwarming to see how the compassion of others can bring about a long overdue change. We would like to send a huge thank you to all who helped make this welcoming space a reality,” said Gaye Thompson, Patient Advisor.

CKHA would also like to thank Earthworks Garden Centre in Chatham for their landscaping expertise that contributed to creating the refreshed garden patio.

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To arrange a media interview please contact:
Emily Field, Communications Specialist
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
519.352.6401 x 5326
efield [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca

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