The Oregon Burn Center is a regional burn facility that serves Oregon
and Southwest Washington the new facility opened in 2004. The 9,000
square foot courtyard garden, adjacent to the patient care wing is
accessed directly from the facility. The therapeutic garden is the
first of its kind at a burn center. A committee led by Legacy’s
Horticultural Therapist, Teresia Hazen and Landscape Architect, Brian
Bainnson, designed a garden that will be used by patients, family
members and staff. The Burn Center treats critical burn patients.These
patients have an average length of stay of two to three weeks. Some
stay six months to a year and return several times for continued treatment.
During this time the facility becomes not only their home but also
the home of their close family members. The gardens are intended to
serve both as a therapeutic garden for the physical therapy and emotional
support of the patients the Burn Unit cares for as well as the emotional
needs of the family members and staff as a retreat from the intensive
medical environment of the unit.
Legacy Health System has built a tradition of healing gardens and
the Oregon Burn Center Garden joins the ranks of the Children’s
Garden at Emanuel Hospital and the Healing Garden at Good Samaritan
Hospital. The gardens at Legacy are noted for their diverse plant
collections that create a four season garden that invites the viewer
at all times of the year. The gardens are used by the caregivers as
an active component of the patient’s care and rehabilitation.
The Oregon Burn Center Garden follows in this tradition. Shade was
one of the most important elements in the Burn Center Garden’s
design. Most burn patients must avoid direct sunlight, and in addition
their injuries may cause them to be overly sensitive to high temperatures.
Several shade structures are incorporated into the design to provide
immediate shade all year round. In addition many trees where planted
to provide long term shade and cooling in the garden.
Client: Legacy Health System. Contact Teresia Hazen, Med, HTR,
QMHP, Project Manager, 1015 NW 22nd Ave Portland, Oregon 97210 503-413-6507.
Phase I Budget $250,000. (2003-2004)