At a staff-appreciation cookout during the summer, members of OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital’s surgery team ran out of tomatoes.
Fortunately, they didn’t have far to go for more: They were eating on a patio off the break room in the surgical unit, so they plucked some straight from a nearby vine.
“We have a lot of tomatoes, especially during the peak season,” said Meredith Biederman, the nurse manager for surgical services. “People love the cherry tomatoes because they’re so easy to pick and eat.”
For about 18 months now, a surgical-unit garden — roughly two dozen planters of varying sizes lining the periphery of the patio — has flourished.