Nicklaus Children’s celebrated the opening of the Morton and Linda Bouchard Healing Garden on its main campus in February 2019. The garden, funded by the generous Bouchard philanthropists, offers a place of comfort and reprieve for hospitalized patients and their families. Located in an outdoor terrace of the hospital’s Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, the garden features colorful plants, topiary and a video wall with relaxing outdoor scenes.
“Our patients and families are so fortunate to benefit from the generosity of Morty and Linda Bouchard,” said Michelle Boggs, president of Nicklaus Children’s Health Foundation. “The garden enables families to experience a nurturing outdoor environment, while remaining close to their child’s care team. We are so grateful to these to remarkable philanthropists for their commitment to the families in our care.”
Attending the opening of the garden was First Lady Melania Trump along with Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, longtime supporters of the hospital and community leaders. Barbara and her husband, golf icon Jack Nicklaus, are namesakes of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and continue to support the hospital through Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, founded in 2004, in an effort to provide families access to world-class pediatric healthcare.