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April 29, 2022

Rooted in nature

IU Health Bloomington Hospital

Rooted in nature

IU Health Bloomington has been recognized as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus Healthcare facility.

Incorporating nature into the hospital's design process was integral from the start, and is evident in the many trees and various plantings found across IU Health Bloomington on the IU Regional Academic Health Center campus.

“We knew from the beginning of our design process that trees and nature were going to be predominantly featured at the new hospital,” says Brian Shockney, president, IU Health South Central Region. “Our Shades of Southern Indiana project brought trees into our halls through art and architectural features, contributing to our focus in caring for the physical, mental and spiritual health of our patients, visitors and team members.”

The Arbor Day Foundation is the world’s largest membership nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. Its Tree Campus Healthcare program aims to transform community health and wellness and ultimately save lives through the health benefits provided by trees, as well as recognize healthcare institutions that make an impact on wellness through tree planting, education, and community engagement.

“Trees not only play a vital role in the environment but also in our daily lives,” says Dan Lambe, chief executive, Arbor Day Foundation. “They have shown to improve patient recovery time and improve the overall mental state. The Tree Campus Healthcare program does an incredible job of bridging the gap between health and nature."

Learn more about this designation.