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Healing garden completed at Canton-Potsdam Hospital


POTSDAM - A new healing garden has been completed at Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care at 50 Leroy St., Potsdam.

The garden was planned and budgeted as part of the Center for Cancer Care construction, and has been further supported by a generous donation from Dr. Michael and Mrs. Barbara Maresca in honor of Dr. Maresca’s mother, Elizabeth.

The Marescas were significant contributors to the Hospital Foundation’s “Constructing Healthier Communities” capital campaign, and designated a portion of their gift specifically for this project.

The healing garden entrance is marked by a stately stone column, and includes a walking path skirted on both sides by perennial flowers, shrubs and grasses. The variety of seasonal plantings will help ensure vibrant colors in all seasons as the garden matures.

A water feature adds beauty and soft sounds to the garden, further enhancing the natural atmosphere; and a dedication plaque attached to the stone wall includes a quotation by George Washington Carver.

“The quote by George Washington Carver speaks to the value system my mother has placed in her kids and students. She has always been an inspiration to me,” Dr. Maresca said. “After having been successfully treated by Dr. Gold while the Center for Cancer Care was being built, she wanted Barbara and me to do whatever possible for other patients to have the positive outcome she has had.”

In homage to the original Leroy Streetentrance of the hospital, where the Center for Cancer Care and healing garden are now located, key pieces of the original structure have been strategically placed throughout the garden, including an iconic stone pineapple and portions of the former entrance arches.

Engraved donor bricks that formerly lined the walkway to the hospital’s main entrance have been relocated into the garden, where they will be protected from ice melting salt and snow removal equipment.

“The new healing garden is a wonderful addition to the grounds of the Hospital and, specifically, the Center for Cancer Care,” CPH President and CEO David Acker said. “Thanks to the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Maresca, and the support of many others who played a part in its design and construction, the garden’s serene and warm environment will comfort our patients and their families for years to come.”

A dedication ceremony for the garden took place as part of CPH’s “Constructing Healthier Communities” campaign celebration on Sept. 5.All donors to the campaign were invited to attend the celebration, tour the Center for Cancer Care and see the new healing garden.

For more information on Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care, visit

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