UTMC garden area receives makeover

September 21, 2015 | Features, UToday, Advancement, UTMC
By Brandi Barhite



A spot for relaxation and reflection at The University of Toledo Medical Center was rejuvenated this summer.

UTMC redid the landscaping and replaced the monument at the Dorothy and Ashel Bryan Academic Commons, which is located between the Eleanor N. Dana Center and the Radisson Hotel.

New plants were added to the Dorothy and Ashel Bryan Academic Commons on Health Science Campus this summer.

New plants were added to the Dorothy and Ashel Bryan Academic Commons on Health Science Campus this summer.

Howard Newman, UT associate vice president for development, said the cosmetic improvements revitalized the garden area, which is frequented by patients, visitors and UTMC staff.

“We have always been so appreciative of the Bryans and their generosity, so we wanted to make sure that their namesake was well-maintained and represented the intent of their donation.”

David Bryan’s family started the Bryan Commons more than 20 years ago. His late father, Ashel, was a member of the MCO Board of Trustees and of the MUO Foundation Board of Trustees.

“It was my father’s idea because he knew that families of patients might stay in the hotel and want to go out to the garden area after a long and stressful day at the hospital,” Bryan said. “He thought there ought to be a peaceful place to go and spend quiet time given their situation.”

Bryan said his father worked with the hospital and designers to make sure the area, which includes a small water fountain, was beautiful and soothing.

“I am very happy with the improvements. I think this is an example of my parents’ philanthropy, and it shows that they were thoughtful about their philanthropy,” Bryan said.