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 Mission Statement

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System – Marshall is excited to provide its first therapeutic outdoor environment for the general health and well-being of our patients, their families, our associates and the community as a whole.

Thanks to the generous donation of Gene and Patsy Ponder, the Kenneth E. Ponder Prayer Garden will be located on the north side of the hospital, anchored by the oak tree planted in 1956 by Lady Bird Johnson.
Framed on two sides by hospital wings it will have a direct view of the historic city park and iconic downtown Marshall.

A terraced area fenced by brick pillars and garden gates will be accessible from the main entrance of the hospital, featuring a flowing water feature, private reflection areas and lush plantings. 

Winding walkways will allow for casual strolls through the plaza for all to enjoy the colorful flowering borders, fragrant seasonal florals, and native East Texas landscape.



Enjoy all four seasons of healing and health with areas of sun and shade.
  Standing tall in the heart of the garden will be the Jesus Footprints statue, reminding us all of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. 

The Kenneth E. Ponder Prayer Garden is a place of rest and renewal, prayer and solitude.
  It is a commitment to the community of roots being planted and growth being nurtured. 

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System, a Catholic health ministry of CHRISTUS Health, will be a leader, a partner and an advocate in the creation of innovative health and wellness solutions that improve the lives of individuals and communities so that all may experience God's healing presence and love. Your gift to the Healing Garden will ensure those roots are planted firmly and will continue to grow for years to come.



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Future site:  Outdoor Therapy Area and Healing Garden.


The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life. ~Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

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