LIMA — The stresses of working in a hospital these days can be quite daunting.
At Lima Memorial Health System there’s now a place the front-line workers can go to take a breather.
On Wednesday, a Serenity Garden was dedicated in a courtyard area of the hospital.
It was the Eagle Scout project for 13-year-old Noah Brennan, who is in eighth grade at Shawnee Middle School.
Brennan and his fellow scouts with Troop 777 put in 290 service hours to transform the area into green space with plants, picnic tables and benches.
His father works as a radiologist for Lima Memorial and suggested the project to Noah.
Brennan wanted to do the project “mainly so I could honor or give a resting place to doctors and medical staff for their hardships they have been going through for the last two years,” Brennan said.
Lima Memorial president and CEO Mike Swick was impressed with how things turned out.
“He took this on as his Eagle Scout project and did a phenomenal job,” Swick said. “We are grateful to now have this beautiful and healthy space for everyone to enjoy. People can come out here for lunch or even our rehab patients can come out here and just calm down.”
Swick presented Brennan with an official certificate of recognition and a plaque will be set out in the garden at a later date.
Scouts who want to attain the rank of Eagle must do so before they turn 18 years old. At 13, Brennan will likely become an Eagle Scout well before most do.
He won’t know that for another couple of months.
“The one thing that’s really important is our Eagle Scout projects are done for the community and not for scouting. It’s really a leadership service project. So that scout is responsible for recruiting the adults and youth to help him execute that project and the heaviest tool the scout’s really supposed to lift is a pencil on the planning process,” said Marc Kogan, scout executive for the Black Swamp Area Council.
Kogan was impressed with Brennan’s effort.
“It’s a great project and a great give-back to the community. It teaches our scouts, teaches our youth that giving to our community is important,” Kogan said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.