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Aaron Wells, Dog's Beach

“My mother loved learning about feng shui and took classes to study it,” Niedland says. “She believed that how a space feels affects how people respond consciously and unconsciously.” Niedland also planted an olive tree her mother had grown at home in the healing garden. A fountain with pink lights that she’s sure would have put a big smile on her mother’s face anchors a large lake. Enhancements to the MRI room – which has been transformed into the Caring Suite – enables patients to customize lighting, select music and choose visual projections to watch on the ceiling during the procedure. “When my mom was receiving treatment, she would always say, ‘Why does it have to be so cold, so clinical?’” N iedland recalls. “I wanted the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center to be designed from the ground up with my mother’s tastes… not just have her name on the building.” The center is one of the few medical complexes in South Florida




to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification. “It’s beautiful here,” says Kristina Gostic, director of the center’s imaging services department. Nichole Hickey, manager of artist services for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, assisted in curating the 150-plus framed works, most of which are photographs, reflecting Margaret Niedland’s love of the medium. “It’s a great collection,” she says. “Art always provides ambience to any atmosphere, if chosen correctly.” Several local artists are represented in the center’s collection. Among them is Melinda Moore, who captures birds with a Canon 60D digital camera. The Palm Beach Gardens resident donated 11 images that grace the center’s consulting rooms. “To me, it was a huge honor,” she says. “The environment is very beautiful. It’s like an art gallery that the patients can walk around in.”