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Pumpkin patch therapy on display outside Richmond hospital

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Posted at 12:19 PM, Oct 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-26 12:23:21-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- While it may be pumpkin spice latte szn at the coffee shop, it is pumpkin patch therapy season at HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond.

Therapist Katrina Brownie-Blount set up the 30-40 pumpkin patch outside the Richmond hospital to help patients who are not able to spend much time outside.

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Katrina Brownie-Blount

"We incorporated therapy by using different exercises,” Brownie-Blount said. "Our physical therapists had patients walk on uneven surfaces like the grass and sidewalk, bend down and pick out a pumpkin, as well as do arm exercises and talk walks. We wanted to make it fun, but count as therapy as well.”

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Patient Charles Martin undergoes pumpkin patch therapy at HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Va.

Patients also got the opportunity to decorate some of the gourds.

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