Tyler, Texas – The Arbor Day Foundation has named CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler a Tree Campus Healthcare facility. This one-of-a-kind 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.
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler is among the first 16 facilities in the country to earn recognition in the Foundation’s first year of the program. To receive Tree Campus Healthcare recognition, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler met five program standards: have an advisory committee, facility tree care plan, community forestry project, a celebration event and a financial investment toward a tree care plan or projects.
“Tree Campus Healthcare celebrates the efforts of healthcare facilities creating a healthier and greener property,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees can play an important role in patient recovery and overall community wellness. This designation is a sign of healthcare facilities’ commitment to the connections between nature and health.”
Tree Campus Healthcare strives to improve human health outcomes by connecting inpatient healthcare facilities of all sizes with local community forestry programs, while improving the extent and condition of the community forest. Facilities in the U.S. delivering inpatient healthcare services are eligible for Tree Campus Healthcare recognition, including hospitals, senior care and other residential rehabilitation properties.
“At CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Stewardship is one of our core values, and to me that means stewardship over God’s creation,” said Aaron Martinez, CGM, Grounds Manager and ISA Certified Arborist at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “If we are to be the leaders in health care for our region, we also need to be leaders in environmental stewardship. Those things go hand-in-hand. Research has shown, an increase in a community’s tree canopy has been known to have an impact on the health of a community by promoting physical activity, reducing urban temperatures and lowering stress. We are honored to receive this recognition, and we look forward to many more years of continued growth!”
For more information or to apply, please visit www.treecampushealthcare.org.