Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
2019 Arbor Day Recognition
Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center is proud to announce on Monday, they were recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation program as a 2019 Tree Campus Healthcare facility.
Taking care of green spaces is a priority for Coatesville VAMC as trees not only contribute to the environment, they also promote physical activity and create calming spaces essential to stress recovery. Both are important to the health and rehabilitation efforts for Veterans in long-term care.
Coatesville VAMC is one of sixteen health institutions recognized by the foundation for making a mission-aligned impact on community wellness through tree education, investment, and community engagement.
Allocating funds and maintaining protection standards for the campus tree inventory is just one important aspect of the facilities tree care management plan overseen by Mark Barnett, Ground Maintenance Supervisor. Tom Bucci, Construction Project Manager, led the 2019 tree care project and has been responsible for pruning, removing and planting 272 trees.
Community projects were essential to Coatesville earning recognition in 2019. Volunteers contributed 230 hours of labor and often donated money or goods for our green spaces. Volunteer efforts included Eagle Scouts who made raised beds, BSA troop 107 banded trees against the spotted lanternfly, and Conestoga high school football team contributed to fall up clean and mulching. PECO planted flowers and mulched beds across the campus while Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital donated and planted a pollinator garden which targets species including honeybees and butterflies, an important factor in pollination.
Visit the Arbor Day Foundation website to see the other 15 facilities recognized for their contributions to this important initiative.