Memorial Hermann: Enhancing the Physical and Mental Well-being of all Visitors

Hospitals are places for healing.

And landscapes can aid the healing process by enhancing the physical and mental well-being of all who enter the property grounds—whether they are patients, employees or visitors.

Studies show that plants lower blood pressure, reduce muscle tension related to stress, improve attention and reduce feelings of fear and anger or aggression. Also, the Turfgrass Resource Center reports that doctors say patients recover faster in a hospital when given a landscape view rather than seeing only the walls of adjoining buildings.

These statistics prove that no place needs a well-maintained and effective landscape more than a hospital.

Native Land Design is proud to maintain the landscapes of five Memorial Hermann hospital properties in the Houston area. For the past five years, the company has kept the properties in tiptop shape.

 

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High Traffic Accommodations

You haven’t seen high traffic until you’ve seen the amount of vehicles and people that travel onto a hospital property.

Roughly 500 to 800 vehicles travel onto each Memorial Hermann site daily. This includes hospital patients, doctors, nurses, other employees and visitors. In fact, as the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, the company boasts having 5,500 affiliated physicians and 24,000 employees who practice evidence-based medicine with a relentless focus on quality and patient safety.

In addition to regular basic landscape maintenance of lawn and landscape areas, Native Land Design has done some irrigation installations for Memorial Hermann, as well as tree work, construction work and new landscape installations. In some cases, tree trimming is done at night on areas of high traffic during the day to prevent blocking off traffic flow on the site.

Main entrances are critically important for a high-volume traffic site like a hospital so maintenance and proper pruning and cleanup are vital to smooth entering and exiting, as well as to reduce liability issues and ensure safety.

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When doing maintenance around parking lots and garages, Native crews must make cleanup a high priority after mowing and pruning because of the high amount of traffic and people who are sensitive to messes near their cars. “People get picky about keeping their vehicles clean and free of dust and leaves,” says Jose Ventura with Native Land Design.

Working Around the Client’s Schedule

On one Memorial Hermann property, Native Land Design conducted a landscape and hardscape installation project.

However, because of the high volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the site, the job had to be completed during evening hours to prevent traffic flow issues during the day. Since the project included demolishing concrete and redoing the area with pavers, working each night in 35-degree weather during December and January for one month helped get the job done quickly and without a lot of disruption.

“I’ve known the director of Memorial Hermann for quite awhile, and he knows we’ll accommodate their schedule,” Ventura explains. “We go the extra mile for them.”

Creating Healing Spaces

For your patients who come every week to those who are visiting your hospital for the first time, it’s important to make a first impression that reflects the quality of care you provide at your hospital. Also, beautiful and well-maintained landscapes promote healing and well-being.

To learn more about what Native Land Design can do to elevate the landscape on your hospital, give us a call at 512-918-2270 or fill out our contact form online today. We offer a free onsite consultation.

Highlights

  • 16 Hospitals Throughout Southeast Texas
  • Over 24,000 Employees
  • 5,500 Affiliated Physicians
  • High Traffic Areas

Testimonial

Jose Ventura - Director of Operations, Native Land Design

"They know we’ll accommodate their schedule — We go the extra mile for them.”

Jose Ventura - Director of Operations, Native Land Design