EMMC Trees to Provide Comfort, Feeling of Home in New Lobby


When EMMC opens the doors to the new Penobscot Pavilion on June 7, patients and visitors will be welcomed by a healing environment that will make them feel comfortable and ease anxiety. A central aspect of this ambiance is six, 12 to 14-foot mahogany trees arriving the morning of Tuesday, May 3.

The trees will come in a temperature-controlled tractor trailer from Florida where they were grown. Mahogany trees are indigenous to Maine and were chosen for their ability to buffer noise, improve air quality, and because they are aesthetically pleasing. These collective benefits will help make EMMC’s new lobby the perfect place for patients and visitors to begin their journey at EMMC.

Since the trees are arriving approximately one month prior to opening, they will have time to acclimate to their new surroundings in the lobby. The people who will maintain the trees can also take time to become familiar with them.

“We chose these trees specifically for our lobby to provide a soothing environment,” explains Helen McKinnon, RN, MS, vice president of Support Services at EMMC. “They complement other features in the lobby, including our granite wall and fireplace and water feature, and make patients feel more like they are entering a home rather than a hospital. The mahogany trees will help ensure the lobby is a modern, inviting place for everyone who comes through our doors.”