The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center becoming a destination – Tax credit opportunities remain

October 30, 2018

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. – In late May of 2018, the Hedrick Medical Center Foundation officially opened The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center. Now, nearly five months later, the use of the area continues to grow with each passing week.  

“Now that people can actually see it, they’re figuring out how they can use it,” said Lindy Chapman, Hedrick Medical Center Foundation Development Officer. “Whether it’s personally for walking, hosting a meeting in the pavilion, or visiting someone in the hospital, we’re seeing The Gardens being used in a variety of ways.”

The Gardens is home to various themed areas and structures for patients, visitors, community members, and employees to utilize and enjoy. Some of those areas include the Rain Garden, which features a wooden overlook, surrounded by plants that thrive in a wet environment, and the Outdoor Therapy Garden, which includes five circles that provide staging areas for trees and therapy equipment to expand the services for hospital patients. The Gazebo serves as the focal point at the end of the Main Lawn area and is surrounded by the Fragrance and Winter Gardens. Other areas include the Main Patio and Pavilion, the Blue Garden, the Miniatures & Topiary Garden, the Learning Garden, the Legacy Garden, the Water Garden and Fountains, the Prairie, Savanah, and Orchard, the Meadow Stone Wall, and various benches for resting.

“We’re a rural community that values the outdoors, but that is no different from people anywhere who like to get out and just experience a breath of fresh air, or need time away from the intensity to reflect, rejuvenate, and refuel. This gives them a space to do that,” said Betty Preston Steele, HMC Foundation Board President. “This is one of the best things you can do to help healing from the emotional, whole-person perspective. We’re able to address the emotional needs of our patients and give them a perspective of wellness that they might not have had.”

Fundraising efforts are continuing for the $1.39 million Gardens project. The Hedrick Medical Center Foundation is requesting assistance from individuals, businesses, organizations, and foundations who could benefit from 50 percent tax credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB). These tax credits were issued in support of The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center project – and are only available for purchase through the end of 2018.  

“These tax credits are an important part of the funding for our project, and we are hopeful to have them all sold,” according to Lindy Chapman, Foundation Development Officer of the HMC Foundation. “These can provide a tremendous tax advantage for those who pay taxes in our state.  Some of the tax credits have been sold already, but we have some remaining and are spreading the word statewide about their availability.”

The MDFB tax credits are a 50% match in tax credits toward Missouri Tax liabilities.  These credits can be sold or transferred and are able to be used over a three-year period by an individual or a business. Stock gifts also qualify for tax credits.  

Sponsorship opportunities throughout The Gardens are also available and will be for years to come – engraved steel tiles start at $100 and are a perfect way to honor or remember a friend or family member.  Garden and tree sponsorships are also available. “These naming and sponsorship efforts will be an on-going way to remember someone close to you,” states Chapman.

Preston Steele explains that The Gardens at HMC is a 3-acre area on the grounds of the hospital.  “This is a community space – available for any and all to use. It is becoming a destination for patients, visitors, community members, and staff. There are spaces for gatherings and meetings, walking paths for exercise, tables and chairs for sharing coffee or a meal, and areas for quiet reflection.”  

The Gardens is also expected to be a popular tourism destination for those visiting Chillicothe to see the murals and the surrounding northwest area. “There is no other botanical garden like this anywhere near Chillicothe, and we are proud to add this to the list of community amenities,” shares Chapman. “Planned partnerships with businesses, organizations, and individuals to use The Gardens are moving forward with a positive reception.”

Chapman encourages anyone with questions concerning our project and/or these tax credits to contact her at or 660-214-8107.  

Hedrick Medical Center is a member of Saint Luke's Health System, which consists of 16 area hospitals and several specialty and primary care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.