Norton Healthcare is building a new $38 million freestanding three-story state-of-the-art Norton Cancer Institute–Brownsboro in Louisville (Kentucky, USA) metro area, which plans to have a “Meditation Room” and “will focus on care of whole person”.
It will also include white/pink noise and music in key locations, healing garden and bistro. The projected timeline for completion of the 48,591-square-foot facility is October 2018. Kentucky has one of the highest rates of cancer in the nation, according to a Norton Healthcare release.
Hindus have commended the planned inclusion of “Meditation Room” in this upcoming cancer institute.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, called it a step in the positive direction. A “Meditation Room” would help infuse spirituality into the atmosphere of this major cancer institute and would provide a place for meditation, reflection and prayer for the patients, their families/friends, staff and visitors; Zed hoped.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that meditation might be quite helpful in combating stress caused by challenges usually faced by patients, their families/friends and healthcare providers.
Rajan Zed explained that meditation was a condition of profound internal wakefulness; and added that ancient Hindu scripture Taittiriya Upanishad stated: “Meditation is Brahman (the supreme being)”.
Zed further said that Lord Krishna told in Bhagavad-Gita: With mind and senses disciplined through meditation, bonded with the Self within, the seeker achieves tranquility and nirvana, the state of permanent peace and joy in me. Zed noted that Hinduism had been associated with meditation for ages; and there were various aspects of it, including pratyahara, upasana, samadhi, manana, dhyana, dharana.
Rajan Zed stressed that it should be made mandatory for all the new hospitals/healthcare-centers being built across the country to make provision for a “Meditation Room”.
Award-winning Norton Healthcare, founded 1886 and headquartered in Louisville, includes five large hospitals, 13 Norton Immediate Care Centers and 190 physicians practice locations. Its faith history includes founding organizations and other faith communities: Episcopal Church, United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church and Roman Catholic Church. Russell F. Cox and Donald H. Robinson are President and Trustees Chair respectively.