Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Garden Added to Healing Process.

Byline: Jennifer McKee Journal Staff Writer

* Cancer patients at St. Vincent Hospital have a place to escape clinical atmosphere

Racquel Casillas-Hughes wanted cancer patients to know they are more than the sum of their malignant cells.

"I wanted to have the garden translate a sense of community that cares for them," she said.

Her creation, St. Vincent Hospital's new Healing Garden, opened officially Thursday night. Winding between two wings of the hospital's cancer treatment area and spilling into rocky, mountainesque landscaping, the garden gives people a place to receive bad news and good, said Ronda Fleck, an oncologist and medical director of the treatment center. …

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