Michigan VA employees 'adopt' facility gardens

August 29, 2014

Oscar Johnson VA Medical Center employees volunteer their time to make the grounds in Iron Mountain, Mich., more welcoming for their patients, according to an article on the ABC10 website.

Different departments inside the facility cultivate garden plots with their choice of flowers and decorations.

The Northwoods Garden Club of Iron Mountain recently came to the facility to judge the plots in a friendly competition.

The contest serves as a way for staff members to take ownership of the VA hospital, the article said.  It doesn’t have a groundskeeper.  Boiler room and maintenance staff care for the property when they can.

The winner will be announced at an employee picnic in early September.  They’ll receive a special traveling trophy — the shovel that was used in the medical center’s 1948 groundbreaking ceremony.

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