The Healing Garden
The Healing Garden was established in 2009 with the opening of Cass Regional's present facility and was made possible by donations to the Foundation's Help, Hope and Healing Campaign. The garden is a courtyard located on the southwest side of the hospital, and is bordered by Rock Haven Medical Mall on the west. It includes a water feature and fountain, walking paths and benches.
In 2012, the Rotary Club of Harrisonville donated and constructed a pergola, footbridge and sidewalk extension in the Healing Garden. The first of several donated kinetic wind sculptures was placed in 2013, and the sculptures have since become a much-beloved and recognized feature of the Healing Garden.
The Memorial Garden
The Memorial Garden was established in 1998 in memory of Rosemary Kauffman, RN, who was a supervisor on Cass Regional's medical/surgical unit. Its purpose is to provide a quiet place for reflection, meditation and prayer for patients, visitors and staff.
When Cass Regional moved to its new facility in the fall of 2009, the Memorial Garden was re-created on the northeast side of the new hospital campus using elements from the first garden. Features of the garden include a beautiful gazebo; a sundial; granite benches; and a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers. A terrace featuring engraved bricks welcomes visitors to the garden setting.
A special employee memorial area was established in 2014 with gifts received in memory of Sue Niermeier. The area pays tribute to Cass Regional employees who passed away during active employment with the organization.
The Foundation offers donors the opportunity to place engraved terrace bricks in honor or in memory of a loved one for a donation of $100 (for a red brick) or $500 (for a granite brick). Individuals also have the option of placing an engraved bench along the garden path for a donation of $5,000. All proceeds from brick and bench donations support the ongoing maintenance of the garden. Download a brick/bench order form.
Additional landscaping projects
Donations to the Foundation have also made special landscaping projects possible in other areas of the campus. Landscaping near the emergency department entrance, which includes a bubbling rock, was made possible with a generous donation to the Foundation from the late Joe Eastin.
Volunteers make the difference
The Very Important Gardeners (VIGs) are volunteers who donate their time and resources to ensure that the gardens are maintained throughout the growing season, and play an important role in planning and implementing new garden projects. For more information on volunteering to help with the gardens, contact the Foundation office at 816.380.5888, ext. 4650.