New respite, reflection room to open at UnityPoint Health – Meriter Hospital

MADISON, Wis. — UnityPoint Health – Meriter Hospital showed off its new respite and reflection room Wednesday ahead of its opening later this week.

The space was created to serve multiple uses and provide a non-denominational space for religious and non-religious uses. It is set to open Friday following a renovation of the former chapel.

In a news release, Charles Rogers, the hospital’s senior chaplain and educator, said the goal of the space was to create a welcoming environment for everyone at any time of day.

“With the creation of this space, UnityPoint Health – Meriter is showing a strong commitment to patient, family and staff mental health by having a specific space for reflection and taking time to slowdown [sic],” Rogers said. “The new and beautiful Respite and Reflection Room provides an inviting space for connecting with ourselves and others. The design is fluid and welcoming. We hope that this new area will provide moments of retreat, centering, and peace.”

It was originally named in honor of Rabbi Manfred Swarsensky, a Holocaust survivor and founder of the Beth El Temple. It will be rededicated in the rabbi’s name.

The room will be open to all patients, staff members and approved visitors.