Cincinnati Children’s Proton Therapy Center
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Providing the most progressive treatments for children and young adults with cancers and leukemias, Cincinnati Children’s Proton Therapy Center is one of only two pediatric proton facilities in the country, and the only one with a research program. Treatment visits are scheduled daily for multiple weeks at a time, resulting in unique bonding between and support needs for families. Within the facility, a series of “gardens” were created to support these needs and to transform this medical facility into a warm, welcoming environment. Friendship Garden At the exterior, a colorful outdoor garden with sweeping paths, seating areas, engaging artwork, water feature and child friendly games provide outdoor respite and connection spaces for families. Discovery Garden At the building entrance, the waiting area greets and welcomes with garden-like glass mounted grasses and animals, playful fish within a digital pond and a color changing hanging sculpture. Celebration Garden As the families leave the treatment area, a grove of trees along a winding river path adorn the route. Each tree cradles a set of chimes that are rung to commemorate a milestone in the patient’s treatment. Throughout the space, inspirational graphics and artwork co-created by patients and professional artists continue to reinforce the garden theme while conveying messages of hope and support.