Vernon Patch
May 2017

Walden Behavioral Care, LLC has dedicated a new garden at Walden Eating Disorders Center at Rockville General Hospital, in memory of Lisa Marie Calabrese of West Springfield.

Calebrese, who was a patient at Walden, struggled with anorexia and bulimia and passed away in 2009. Lisa’s Light of Hope is a charitable fund named in her honor, designed to raise awareness of eating disorders, support treatment and provide educational programming across Western Massachusetts. The organization and the family of Calabrese provided funding for the garden.

Walden Eating Disorders Center at Rockville General Hospital is a 30-bed inpatient program, which opened last May, for adolescents and adults challenged with all forms of eating disorders. It is operated in partnership with Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN), community-based health care network of hospitals, outpatient centers and providers.

The garden was formally dedicated at a special event on Friday, May 12, and included remarks from Lisa’s parents, Ann and Joe Calabrese, as well leaders from Walden Behavioral Care and ECHN.

Photo courtesy of Walden Behavioral Care (In the front row to the left are Lisa’s sister, Kristen Buoniconti, and her parents, Joe and Ann Calabrese. Walden President and CEO Stuart Koman is on the right.)