How 1 hospital added 48k plants and improved community health

Find out how a hospital in a low-income Baltimore neighborhood planted 48,000 trees and plants to improve the health of patients and community, while addressing stormwater runoff.

MedStar Harbor Hospital’s:

  • project protects the facility and neighborhood from 20 million gallons of stormwater runoff each year.
  • garden provides a healing public green space in the neighborhood that is home to Baltimore’s largest public housing project.
  • green spaces clean the air and help manage increased flooding and heat associated with climate change.

 

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MedStar Harbor Hospital, located in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore on the Middle Branch section of the Patapsco River, experiences 20 million gallons of stormwater runoff each year. With storm and flooding frequency expected to increase due to climate change, the hospital constructed 14 stormwater facilities and planted 48,000 perennials, shrubs, and trees (all indigenious to the area) – a collaborative four-year planning, design, and construction process. Cherry Hill is home to Baltimore’s largest public housing project.

The project included a healing garden designed to provide a green space for hospital staff, patients, and the community. Trees and green space – especially in urban environments – promote physical activity, create calming spaces, clean the air, and help manage the increased flooding and heat associated with climate change.

Hear MedStar Harbor Hospital’s plans for the future, which includes applying to Arbor Day’s Tree Campus Healthcare program this fall, and learn how this project helped improve health and build community resilience.

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