Jersey City Medical Center dedicates serenity garden as tribute to COVID-19 relief


The Jersey City Medical Center dedicated a serenity garden and stained-glass artwork titled “Healing and Hope” as a tribute to COVID-19 relief last week.

Photo courtesy of the Jersey City Medical Center.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We are delighted to unveil our new serenity garden and stained-glass artwork in honor of our COVID-19 response and the support of our community,” JCMC President and CEO Michael Prilutsky said in a statement.

“This beautiful space and artwork will be a source of solitude, respite, and peace for employees, patients, visitors and our community.”

The serenity garden serves as a place of reflection and peace for patients, employees, and members of the community.

The stained-glass artwork is dedicated by local artist Harriet Hyams to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) who was instrumental in obtaining funds to build the hospital.

“I hope that the artwork and the serenity garden will bring comfort to those who visit and serve as a reminder of the strength and resilience of Jersey City,” noted Hyams.

The garden was established through donations from the community, with a recognition wall dedicated to all who supported the hospital’s COVID-19 Emergency Response, front-line caregivers, and those whose memory they honor.

“It was important my colleagues and I to deliver peace to our community by supporting the creation of a space for patients, visitors and employees and their families,” W. Nevins McCann, a partner at Connell Foley, LLP, the firm that made a large contribution towards the garden in memory of Kenneth F. Kunzman, a former chair of their executive committee.

“We knew that the Medical Center was right for the Serenity Garden so that our community may have a place to reflect and be comforted during the most difficult of times.”

The artwork may be seen from the Grand Street side of the Medical Center, near Jersey Avenue. The Serenity Garden is located on Jersey Avenue, near the main entrance of Jersey City Medical Center.

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