Hospital’s Healing Garden Named for Country 102.5
October 30, 2014
Greater Media’s Country 102.5 /WKLB-FM’s was recently recognized for the station’s
on-going support of Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston on Tuesday, October 28th when an outside area called The Healing Garden was officially opened and named in honor of the station.
The Country 102.5 Healing Garden is a unique and special outside space where pediatric patients and their families can escape their rooms and the “stuffiness” of the hospital and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Attached to the Ace’s Place playroom, it will also give children the chance to explore flowers and gardens, even as they are hospitalized for treatment.
In the warmer months, The Country 102.5 Healing Garden will be home to country music artists who visit the hospital to perform for kids as part of the Country 102.5 Healing Tour. The Healing Garden will be a place where children can feel like kids- not just patients.
WKLB-FM has hosted many concerts at the Hard Rock and House of Blues over the past few years in Boston in an effort to raise money for the Healing Garden. Recently, a special show featuring National Country Recording Artist Hunter Hayes show raised $40,000.
“We are so proud and humbled to have the Healing Garden named after Country 102.5,” said Mike Brophey, program director of WKLB-FM. “Our logo is on the door. Funds we helped raise were used to reconstruct and beautify the area for patients and their families to enjoy. It’s a great moment for Greater Media and Country 102.5.”
Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center has long been known for its many innovations in pediatric medicine. In fact, the very beginning of the Floating Hospital was internationally heralded as a giant step forward in the care of children. In the late 1800s, the hospital began its mission as a ship that sailed Boston Harbor offering care and fresh air to Boston’s children, and teaching mothers how to participate in their children’s health care.
WKLB-FM has been a striking a healing chord to benefit young patients at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center since 2011. The station has become part of the hospital’s extended family, forging an invaluable partnership that brings a host of benefits to the hospital and its patients.
Country 102.5 FM helps sustain Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center financially through a variety of music events where artists donating their time and proceeds to support the hospital. And the Country Music Healing Tour- created exclusively for the hospital- also sustains patient spirits and smiles. The initiative has brought artists like Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts to sing and cheer up patients.
Most recently, the station and hospital joined forces for a new event- Country Heals: 5 Miles for Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.