Garden opens at Clearwater's Morton Plant Hospital to promote healing

The new Healing Garden at Clearwater’s Morton Plant Hospital.

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The new Healing Garden at Clearwater’s Morton Plant Hospital.

garden at hospital to promote healing

Patients and visitors at Clearwater's Morton Plant Hospital can now enjoy an outdoor retreat to promote healing, built with funds donated by Morton Plant Caring Partners volunteers.

The retreat was constructed in memory of Jack Bower, who joined the organization as a CareVan driver in 2001, assumed the position of CareVan chairman in 2002, became its executive vice president in 2004 and was president from 2006-08. He continued contributing greatly to Morton Plant Caring Partners until his death in 2009.

"The Healing Garden is a fitting tribute to Jack Bower," said Hal Ziecheck, chief operating officer of Morton Plant Hospital. "Jack was incredibly passionate and dedicated to the well-being of patients, always taking the lead when there was a need. He would be very pleased to see such a special place that will aid in the healing process."

The garden, completed Jan. 12, is 4,750 square feet and includes a waterfall, lighted pergola, foliage and bench seating.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pinellas County, presents its 12-week Family-to-Family Education Program that meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday beginning March 3 through May 26 (with a break on April 14) at Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater.

The free course, taught by trained NAMI members, is designed for family and friends of individuals with a serious mental illness. Course participants are required to attend all sessions to learn about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, coping skills, medications, stigma, advocacy, problem solving and treatment resources.

Registration is required. E-mail Marianne Martin at memartin1943@yahoo.com or call her at (727) 443-3149, visit nami-pinellas.org or call the NAMI help line at (727) 791-3434.

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The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers will offer free talks about treatments for knees and how to know what's best for your ailment at 6 p.m. today at Largo Medical Center, 201 14th St. SW, and 10 a.m. Friday at the Dunedin Senior Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Visit fla-ortho.com or call (727) 446-5633 for details.

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A five-week course that teaches practical techniques for enhancing memory ability will be offered 10 a.m. to noon every Friday beginning this week at Madonna Ptak Center for Alzheimer's and Memory Loss, 430 Morton Plant St., Room 114, Clearwater.

This training is designed for those with age-related memory concerns who wish to improve or maintain their memory ability and is not intended for people with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

Course cost is $25. Registration is required. Call (727) 953-6877.

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Join Liberty Tax Services and other area businesses as they raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with a Walk to Cure Diabetes Roadside Party, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1500 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. For every tax return prepared and submitted Saturday, Liberty Tax Service will donate $20 to the foundation. Other donation opportunities also will be available.

Call (727) 446-3000.

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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous will sponsor a free community information meeting 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Road.

FA is a 12-step recovery program for people who suffer from food obsession, overeating, bulimia and undereating. It is free and open to everyone who wants to stop eating addictively.

For a list of regular weekly meetings, visit foodaddicts.org.

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Nar-Anon is a fellowship of people who gather to share experiences, strength and hope for recovery from the ravages that a loved one's drug addiction has brought to their lives. Recovery begins with meetings. For information visit naranonfl.org or call toll-free 1-888-947-8885.

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Recovery Inc., a support group for anxiety and depression, meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater, and 1 p.m. Mondays at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 812 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. For information, call (727) 525-1749.

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An Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group meets 9:30 a.m. every Monday at the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St. Visitors are welcome. Call (727) 787-1873.

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Overeaters Anonymous groups meet at 10:15 a.m. every Monday at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor; 11 a.m. every Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin; and 7:30 p.m. every Thursday and 10 a.m. every Saturday at Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor.

Visit oapinellas.org or call (727) 327-4555.

Garden opens at Clearwater's Morton Plant Hospital to promote healing 02/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 6:27pm]

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