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Naval Hospital Jacksonville opens reflection healing garden

Naval Hospital Jacksonville opens reflection healing garden

Story by PO1 Jacob Sippel on 01/17/2019

Capt. Matthew Case, Naval Hospital Jacksonville commander, and Zachary Bassett, an Eagle Scout candidate, opened the Reflection Healing Garden at the hospital on Jan. 15 during a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Reflection Healing Garden creates a quiet escape for patients seeking peace and solace.

Bassett, a 10th grader at Fleming Island High School, says “I wanted to help people with my Eagle project. My hope is the garden will last for years. I really appreciate all the volunteers and mentors that aided me.”

The garden was built with donations and over 280 volunteer hours.

Matt Pottenburgh, Boy Scout of America Scoutmaster for Troop 892 (and a Navy captain) in Fleming Island, says, “I’m extremely proud of Zachary. He has moved numerous times throughout his father’s Navy career and each time he immediately became involved in community service through the Boy Scouts. Zach epitomizes service before self.”

Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville deliver quality health care, in an integrated system of readiness and health. NH Jacksonville includes five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. It serves 163,000 active-duty and retired sailors, Marines, soldiers, airmen, guardsmen, and their families, including about 83,000 patients who are enrolled with a primary care manager. To find out more, visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/navalhospitaljax.

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