Oncology Care Program

Our Oncology Care Program provides comfort and pleasant distractions to patients and families during treatment such as the virtual sky ceilings that were installed in all three radiation treatment bunkers, our award winning outdoor garden as well as hospitality provided by our Coffee Cart volunteers. We have also funded major furniture and equipment purchases such as Chemo Chairs and were a major contributor to the PET/CET Scan Unit purchase by the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation.

Joan Smith Memorial Garden

It was then and continues to be the Auxiliary's hope that the site of plants coming into bloom gives hope of continuing life and brings to mind the beauty that surrounds us.

Cancer treatment is usually long term, with some patients attending the Oncology Department several days a week for weeks or months at a time. Many oncology patients spend long hours receiving chemotherapy treatments in a room which for years overlooked a dreary piece of land between

While the Oncology Garden actually was established in 1993 it was not until 2003 that it received the attention and recognition that it deserved. For the ten years in between it was mostly overgrown with weeds and lacked the attention required to maintain it and the various plant material it contained. In 1998, under the direction of Auxilian Joan Smith, the Oncology Garden Renewal Project was begun. Over the next five years new plants, shrubs, a waterfall and concrete walkway were added.

By the fall of 2001, the garden was a beautiful sight now receiving regular attention from members of the Auxiliary and from the Fundy Garden Club. According to Mrs. Smith, "from May to October there is always something blooming with hundreds of bulbs, annuals, perennials and even flowering trees and shrubs".

Long time Auxilian and Oncology Garden caretaker, Joan Smith, passed away early in 2015.  The garden was renamed the Joan Smith Memorial Garden in her honor.