Saint Mary’s Hospital Opens Serenity Suite

WATERBURY, Conn. (WFSB) – The new Serenity Suite is a room where staff can take care of their mental health.

It’s a much-needed resource after what they’ve been through during the pandemic.

Molly Fallon has seen the brunt of Covid-19 from the front lines at Saint Mary’s.

She says her work family kept her going.

“It was probably one of the most difficult times of my life,” said Fallon, an emergency department nurse. “We schedule time to see each other outside of work so we can all relax a bit together.”

But now she has another outlet, the Serenity Suite.

Upon entering the room, you can escape to places all over the world.

“Take me to the Northern Lights,” Fallon said.

Molly wanted an escape to the Northern Lights, but you can also go to the beach, a waterfall, or maybe a forest.

Surround sound helps you live in the moment.

“I now enjoy one of the best parts of the Serenity Suite, one of their massage chairs, because when it comes to relieving stress, it’s all about touching all the senses. so, of course, that means the touch and the physical that causes stress. So in addition to their chairs, they also have yoga mats,” said Channel 3 reporter Dennis Valera.

The room also has essential oils and coloring books.

Shawna Edwards, Chief Nursing Officer, helped make the Serenity Suite a reality.

She says hospital management will encourage staff to intervene.

“Sometimes we need permission as humans to do that, we don’t naturally say it’s time for me to take a break. So sometimes someone else who identifies that in you can help you,” Edwards said.

It’s something that Molly and her colleagues really appreciate.

“When nurses feel cared for, they will stay and help. They will even give better care to their patients and patient care always comes first,” Molly said.

The Serenity Suite is available to staff 24/7.

It can accommodate up to six people at a time.

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