Residents enjoy outdoors at medical center greenhouse

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A new greenhouse at the Fulton County Medical Center is getting long term care residents back into the outdoors for a good cause.
 
At the Lakey Greenhouse, resident Helen Long said she enjoys just being outside of the hospital
 
“I enjoy it, and I enjoy the outdoors,” said Helen Long, resident. “I love playing in the mud.”
 
Long is one of about 15 long-term care residents at Fulton County Medical Center that help plant flowers and grow vegetables for the greenhouse.
 
“We are in a rural area, and many of them were living on farms or grew up on farms,” said Laura Mellott, Greenhouse Manager. “So, it’s really nice to be able to give them a chance to get them back into doing something like that they love and enjoy.”
 
The plants created by the residents are up for sale on Thursday at the medical center.
 
With about 60 residents at the medical center, Mellott said she wants more residents to join her in the greenhouse as a way for them to continue to move around and enjoy the outdoors.
 
The greenhouse opened for residents on April 30.
 
It is named in honor of Eugene Lake, who was an employee at the medical center for more than 50 years.
 
Residents are also able to plant vegetables that will be used for their meals at the hospital.
 
The funding for the greenhouse came from donations in the community and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. 

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