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The PNC Healing Garden at Aurora Sinai Medical Center

gardenIn 2009, PNC Bank pledged $75,000 to Aurora Sinai Medical Center to create a green roof at the hospital. The final payment on this pledge was received in 2010, and the installation of the garden began.

Before being transformed into the PNC Healing Garden, the 3,000-square foot space was unremarkable and covered with stone. Now patients, visitors and caregivers notice something new on the rooftop of the second floor. With help from PNC Bank and other donors, including the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District, Aurora Women's Health and other caregivers, 1,341 individual garden trays were installed with more than 40 different plant varieties.

George Hinton, Vice President and Chief Administrative officer of Aurora Sinai Medical Center, said, "The PNC Healing Garden has many advantages that not only help the environment but also benefit the patients and caregivers of Aurora Sinai Medical Center. We appreciate the support of PNC and their commitment to the people we serve by making such a generous contribution. The PNC gift, combined with the generosity of the community and our own caregivers helped to make this wonderful addition to our hospital a reality."

The four-to-six inch soil depth on the rooftop healing garden acts like a sponge and absorbs excess rain water, which helps to reduce polluted storm water runoff by retaining water where it falls. Designed to absorb up to 80 percent of the annual rainfall, the PNC Healing Garden will reduce storm water run-off that often leads to flooding, erosion and artificial heating of water. Reducing this activity helps preserve fisheries and other aquatic life.

PNC is no stranger to going "green." They were the first major U.S. bank to design and build environmentally friendly LEED-certified bank branches in the United States, and has the trademark on the term Green Branch®. PNC's green building strategies focus on reducing environmental impact and improving customer and employee comfort and satisfaction by implementing specific green measures. Among these green features are:

  • energy, lighting and water efficiency;
  • selection of building materials that are regionally manufactured, made from recycled or green materials; and
  • improved indoor air quality through the use of healthier paints, adhesives and interior finish products

When asked why PNC chose to support the Healing Garden at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Chad Tessmer, Director of Client and Community Relations at PNC Bank, said "The PNC Healing Garden offers physical and psychological relief from stress by providing patients and families with views of natural scenes, the result of which will foster positive feelings and reduce negative emotion. Equally important, the live roof is consistent with PNC and Aurora's shared emphasis and legacy of environmentally focused practices that will by reduce energy bills, control rainwater run-off, and decrease the urban heat island effect - all while providing a beautiful healing vista. When the PNC Rooftop Garden is in full bloom we encourage everyone to enjoy the experience."

PNC's generosity in supporting Aurora is an example of the strong corporate partnership the Aurora Health Care Foundation enjoys with a number of companies.

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