June 4 – 10 is Cycling Week in Kingston. Did you know that one of the features of Providence Care Hospital that contributed to it achieving LEED® Silver designation is having adequate space for secure bicycle storage and shower facilities for staff? With the summer months quickly approaching these bicycle racks at Providence Care Hospital are filling up.
The parking lots at Providence Care Hospital will not be fully constructed until November 2017, while the demolition of the Mental Health Services building and landscaping occurs. Since April 23, when all of our inpatients made the move from St. Mary’s of the Lake and the Mental Health Services site, staff, physicians, and volunteers have taken it upon themselves to get creative to find alternative ways to get to PCH including cycling, carpooling, and taking the bus.
When asked what benefits he feels are associated with riding his bicycle to work Dr. Rev. Neil Elford, Director of Spiritual Health, Mission and Ethics, said the following: “Riding my bicycle nurtures my health on so many levels. Physically I feel connected to the weather and the landscape around me and I get a little exercise on the way…Mentally I gain alertness from noticing the sights and sounds around me (birds, trees, blossoms, people’s voices and traffic). And spiritually, I can enjoy being alive, feeling connected to the forces of creation (wind, sun, earth, and yes rain and snow!). Additionally, spiritually I feel the love I have for the earth and air is expressed by reducing my carbon footprint.”