Doylestown Hospital
595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 345-2200
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Quiet Places for Reflection & Renewal


Doylestown Hospital strives to create a healing environment in everything we do and throughout our building and grounds.  Included are special places in the hospital that are available for patients, family members and visitors who wish a quiet area to rest, reflect, and renew. If you would like a map to go along with this brochure, please see the Volunteer at one of the hospital's Information Desks.

"Quiet Places" located both inside and outside the hospital are open to all of our patients and visitors:

Ground Floor

Fresh Inspirations
Our cafeteria, the SERVEing Spoon, is located on the ground floor on the north side of the hospital (farthest away from Route 202 and the hospital entrance). When meals are not being served, you may find a quiet place to sit.

First Floor

The Chapel
As you enter the Main Lobby of the hospital, you'll notice immediately the atrium area with natural light and plants hanging from above.  At the rear of the Lobby you will find the Chapel on your left. The chapel is furnished with contemporary Nakashima alter, chairs, bench and bookcase. It is a place of quiet sanctuary for prayer, meditation, or just sitting.

Second Floor

The Atrium
The Atrium Area in the Main Lobby on the second floor is full of natural light and plants - an inside garden area. This is the waiting area for family members of surgical patients and the entrance to the Women's Diagnostic Center. Traffic is usually light, and this is a quiet place with lots of magazines. On the
surgery side, you'll find a display on the history of Anesthesia, and against the back wall is a floor-to-ceiling painting by Buck's County impressionist Daniel Garber. The perimeter of the upper
atrium is lined with photographs that represent healing as it happens here at Doylestown Hospital. This stunning black and white series is the work of local photographer Edmund Eckstein and was originally displayed at the James A. Michner Art Museum in honor of the hospital's 75th anniversary.







Patient/Family Quiet Room
Right next to the elevators is a Patient/Family Quiet Room, furnished by a donor who has adopted this room and takes pride in adding new items each year. Its soft light, delicate settee and dark colors give this room a feeling of a small nook at home where you can find peace and quiet.

The on the second and third floor, additional "Quiet Places" have been created and are reserved for patients and families, admitted to these departments. Please inquire with Doylestown Hospital staff for their locations.

Outside Gardens

The VIA Past Presidents' Garden
The VIA Past Presidents' Garden is found when you exit the Main Lobby through the doors near the Chapel. The garden has two bronze sculptures: one honoring the VIA and another of a girl with a watering can. It is a lovely place to sit in the warm afternoon sun all year-round. In the summer, the garden has butterfly bushes and a variety of small flowering plants that create a "secret garden" feeling for those who find this special place to sit.







The Hospice Garden
On the right as you face the hospital's North Lobby entrance, you'll find the Hospice Garden, with trees, bedding plants, a winding pathway and benches - all a memorial to patients who have been helped by the hospital's Hospice program. In the winter, the main tree is lighted and decorated during the
holidays, making this a warm and comforting little garden even without leaves on trees.

Arboretum Gardens

Azalea Amble
Across from the emergency room parking lot, this colorful quiet space is filled with azaleas, rhododendrons, and perennials. You can take a walk through this garden or sit, relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Medicinal Trail
The trail connects the Azalea Amble and Wetland Garden. In typical arboretum fashion, plants are located along the trail. A written guide is available at the beginning of the trail which identifies the species at each station and includes information on their medicinal value and history.

Wetland Garden & Birdwatching Area
By using the medicinal trail from the Azalea Amble or crossing a bridge near the Pond you will arrive at a natural Wetland Garden containing a large birdblind and bench. Enjoy the variety of birds and wetland plantings in this peaceful setting.

Doylestown Hospital Pond
If you take a short, refreshing walk from the Hospital toward Children's Village you will come to the Pond. A pathway encircles the Pond. On the Children's Village side you will find binoculars to view nature and a sculpture "Large Cubi" in the woods. Benches are located along the pathway and in the Overlook Pavilion on the Hospital side of the Pond.