Englewood, FL - Caregivers at Englewood Community Hospital held a ribbon cutting celebration for a new space dedicated to relaxation and renewal.

The purpose of the room is to provide the hospital’s caregivers with a quiet place to take a moment away from the often-demanding duties for a few minutes of downtime. Caregivers are encouraged to take a peaceful break in the new room and enjoy soft music, massage chairs, salt lamps, soothing images of beaches and reef fish, and lavender scented towels. The room is spacious enough for three caregivers to relax, calm nerves and de-stress while still honoring social distancing practices.

Donna Shifflett, RN, PCCN has been with the hospital for 11 years. She reflected upon serving patients during a pandemic, “It has been a challenge, of course. We try to encourage and provide insight and support. It is typically a physical job for nurses in general, but this added a whole new layer of emotions. I am thankful that we now have a special place to take a break, have time to sit, not think about anything, and relax our mind, soul and body. It’ll be like plugging in a phone to recharge.” said Donna.

Caregivers at the hospital will have access to the space for relaxation 24/7.

“We are so grateful for the dedication of our caregivers who make a difference for our patients and we recognize the need for a space where they can go to get away for a moment of peace. This is one small way we can show our appreciation and support for our team.” said Steve Young, CEO.

Caregivers cut a ribbon to officially open the new relaxation space.