Upholding Integrity

Upholding Integrity

Today news broke that our Ten Taxpayer Group is suing the state over the state's refusal to provide documents requested under the Public Records Law. The legal team has reason to believe the there may be a connection between the state's approval of the hospital's plan and the hospital's participation in a new pilot program around the same time. “(My clients) want the integrity of (state’s approval process) upheld,” McGregor said. “They want the agency to review under its jurisdiction the project with no exceptions, and… this is designed to daylight how this went down. We’ll see what the facts lead to.”

Risky Business

Risky Business

We have received multiple eyewitness reports this week that the hospital is persisting in its destruction efforts. Spending money on this ill-considered project is a very risky move for the hospital with the core civil complaint under review by the Superior Court. Should the court rule against the hospital on any of the multiple failures of the DoN process that the Ten Taxpayer Group has identified in its complaint, the hospital could be facing untold significant costs to undo work that it has undertaken thus far.

Zooming Out, Next Steps

Zooming Out, Next Steps

In December, the Friends of the Prouty Garden lost the Dawn Redwood and Caitlin. But our court case goes forward and so do we. The hospital wanted to make us feel like there was nothing left fighting for by cutting down that tree. But in our view, the land is worth protecting, the ground is still hallowed ground, and the potential for a new Prouty Garden that remains large and immersive and on the ground, a true healing garden, this possibility is still worth fighting for. 

For Caitlin

For Caitlin

There are a small number of people behind SaveProuty.org and the Friends of the Prouty Garden, some of whom you may know, others who stay quiet out of fear. Caitlin has always been vocal and public in her efforts, and without a doubt she has been one of the most central and integral parts of this fight, truly instrumental. Caitlin is fighting for her life in Pittsburgh right now. She is desperately in need of a lung transplant. So we ask you to send prayers of love and healing and most importantly right now, prayers for lungs, so that she may be transplanted as soon as possible. 

What Is Left Now

What Is Left Now

The Friends of the Prouty Garden today condemned actions by the administration of Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), which on Saturday, December 3, cut down a 60-year-old Dawn Redwood tree in the hospital’s Prouty Garden, beginning in earnest the destruction of the nationally-recognized healing garden to make way for the most expensive hospital expansion project in Massachusetts history. The group will continue to pursue the hospital in court, contending that, among other issues, the state process that allowed the BCH project to move forward was deeply flawed.

Here's Where We Stand

Here's Where We Stand

The Prouty Garden is officially closed. The sanctuary is no longer available to those who need it. Here is a full update on where our legal effort stands right now. We urge our supporters not to lose faith. The situation is bleak, but our effort has always been a story of “David fighting Goliath." We stand with numerous experts, both inside and outside the hospital who have condemned the hospital’s planned course of action. We remain optimistic that we can prevail in this effort “on the merits."

On Patience and Thanks

On Patience and Thanks

On Wednesday, Judge Salinger declined to grant our request for a preliminary injunction, which would have effectively stopped any action by the hospital to proceed with construction or with the destruction of the Prouty Garden. The hospital has officially closed the garden and is planning to begin using it as a staging area for the construction project. This is especially disheartening coming just before the holidays, a time when so many at the hospital need the privacy and escape that only the Prouty Garden provides. But there are more steps to take and our effort goes on!

Tone Deaf

Tone Deaf

Here is the perfect example of how NOT to honor a sacred garden. If BCH was so concerned with honor, they might start with honoring their promise to Olive Higgins Prouty that the garden would remain "As long as there are patients, families and staff to enjoy it." Our hearts break for the young patients wandering the garden today who have to read these signs.

A Patient's Perspective

A Patient's Perspective

"The people of the state of Massachusetts have not been fully heard regarding this matter, and that is a very sad result of politics and administrators constructing a picture of just what they want the public to believe. What I witnessed on 10/20/2016 was a drastically different picture. A rather large group of newscasters seemed extremely interested in what Friends of Prouty Garden had to say in front of the statehouse’s gold dome beaming with sunlight." So writes Prouty Garden supporter Deana Tavares on her blog.

Keep the Faith

Keep the Faith

We are disappointed that the Public Health Council voted yesterday afternoon to allow the Boston Children's Hospital's $1 billion expansion plan to move forward without any substantive or credible analysis of the consequences. This massive project would increase the price of hospital care, reduce competition, and expose Massachusetts consumers and taxpayers to untold millions of dollars in additional heath care costs. It would also destroy a beautiful, unique therapeutic healing garden that has given give solace to generations of sick children and their families.

Must Read, Must Rally

Must Read, Must Rally

Friends, the Public Health Council is voting TOMORROW on whether Children's should be allowed to build the most expensive hospital expansion in state history. To fully understand all of what's at stake tomorrow, today's Boston Globe column by Joan Vennochi is an absolute MUST READ. If this matters to you, then we hope you will join us TOMORROW at our RALLY TO SAVE PROUTY GARDEN. 12:30 pm in front of the State House. The will of the people will be heard.

The Power of Prouty Garden

The Power of Prouty Garden

Here is a wonderful poem sent to us by a the mother of a former Children's patient. In her note to us, Paula wrote, "My daughter battled cancer for over two years before her death in 2013. Over that two year period she spent many days at Boston's Children's Hospital for hydration, fevers, pneumonia, etc.  We were there almost on a weekly basis for several days.  Our longest stay spanned over two weeks. The Prouty garden was an oasis in the midst of this medical crisis."