Legacy project honors healthcare heroes at Baptist Health West Kendall Baptist Hospital

The goal was 100 days— to produce a legacy project as a team in this fall’s Leadership Miami program at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Team two, Miami’s 2morrow, selected West Kendall Baptist Hospital as its non-profit partner organization for this endeavor, committing to build a meditation garden honoring the hospital’s healthcare hero employees, and for patients and visitors to enjoy. Since August 2022, Miami’s 2morrow has hosted fundraisers and secured corporate donations from Brightview Landscaping, Payoli Solar, and Pelican Harbor Seabird Station as well as contributions from the Office of District 5 Commissioner Eileen Higgins, and individual donors to fund the legacy project at the hospital. In collaboration with the hospital’s operations team, Miami’s 2morrow was able to plan, design, and execute the Healthcare Heroes Garden by November 12, 2022, providing West Kendall Baptist Hospital and its local community a shared, outdoor space for respite, meditation, and healing for all who work, receive care, or visit the hospital.

The Healthcare Heroes Garden honors the tireless work of the hospital’s staff during its tenure in the West Kendall community, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic when the community turned to the hospital for life-saving care. Miami’s 2morrow legacy project further contributes to the Healthy West Kendall initiative, a program led by the hospital to create healthy spaces and initiatives that aims to improve the well-being of West Kendall residents. 

To celebrate the completion of the Healthcare Heroes Garden, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the hospital on Thursday, December 1, 2022, sponsored by Dade County Food Group Catering. West Kendall Baptist Hospital leaders, representatives of the Offices of Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Commissioner Eileen Higgins, as well as members of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Miami, and corporate donors gathered to celebrate the legacy project, including the presentation of a Miami-Dade County Proclamation recognizing the work of Miami’s 2morrow.

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