Thanks to Donors, Tree Art Installation at CHaD Offers Hope, Inspiration to Patients and Their Families

Patient looking at tree

Trees are symbols of strong roots and growth that we nurture as part of the CHaD patient and family experience.

Jessica LaPerle, patient experience manager at CHaD

Children who visit Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) are getting an extra dose of cheer as the outdoors is brought in with new three-dimensional trees in pediatric spaces. The trees were produced and installed over the past couple of months at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) by Custom Counters LLC out of Lyndonville, VT, as the first phase of the project. The project began as an initiative of former director of CHaD Community Relations Sharon Brown.

“It is so exciting to have the CHaD trees being installed across the D-HH system,” says Brown, now retired. “It has been our hope from the beginning that children and families will find comfort and a sense of belonging as they traverse areas of DHMC and the D-H Health system and know they are at CHaD wherever they go.”

As a tribute to Brown for her nearly 33 years of service, the trunk of each tree features a carved heart with her initials.  

“I am personally honored and grateful to be a small part of this endeavor and to be recognized for my years at CHaD in such a special and meaningful way,” Brown continued. “At this time of year when we pause to reflect on what we are thankful for, I am filled with gratitude for all that CHaD has meant to me, and what it means for the children who come here for treatment and their families – a place that offers hope and healing.”

The trees serve as a visual cue for children and their families that they are in a CHaD space. 

“CHaD is a hospital without walls,” says Jessica LaPerle, patient experience manager at CHaD. “This means that anywhere that kids receive care is part of CHaD. It is sometimes hard for children and their families to know when they have arrived in a CHaD space, and the trees offer a familiar and friendly sight. Trees are symbols of strong roots and growth that we nurture as part of the CHaD patient and family experience.”

For more information or to donate to the next phase of installs at CHaD Manchester, Concord and Nashua, contact Polly Antol, director of development for child health initiatives, at Polly.Antol@hitchcock.org.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-HH provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-HH system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.

About CHaD

As New Hampshire's only full service, comprehensive children's hospital, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. CHaD offers inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same day surgery services are available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Manchester, as well as outpatient pediatric specialties at Wentworth‐Douglass Hospital, Dover and in Exeter. Primary care is available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, and Nashua, NH, and Bennington, VT. For more information about CHaD, please visit www.chadkids.org or contact us at (603) 650‐KIDS or chad.community.relations@hitchcock.org.