StoneSprings Hospital Center Plants a Tree In Honor of Nurses and Patients During COVID-19

In observance of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, StoneSprings Hospital Center will plant a flowering Cherry Kwanzan tree in loving memory of all patients who lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and in appreciation of the nurses and other front-line colleagues who selflessly cared for them. This special tree will be the beginning of a new “healing garden” with additional landscaping, benches, and tables for staff and visitors to enjoy.

With roots dating back to 1953, this year’s National Nurses Week is ever-more poignant in that it celebrates nurses during one of the most difficult years in modern healthcare. Registered nurses, nurse practitioners, LPNs, and others risked their lives and sacrificed time with their loved ones to care for those stricken with COVID-19. “We believe this tree symbolizes their commitment to caring for our patients like family,” said Amy Paratore, chief nursing officer, StoneSprings Hospital Center.