One-of-a-kind Marble Water Garden Coming to Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton

Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanks to a signature gift to The Medical Center Foundation from Jack and Janice Frost, owners of Memorial Park Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, The Jack and Janice Frost Water Garden will be constructed next year by the public entrance to the Emergency Department at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton.

“We are grateful for Jack and Janice’s willingness to support the inaugural fundraising campaign to assure health care excellence for the community,” says Nancy Colston, president & chief development officer of The Medical Center Foundation.  “As a successful self-made entrepreneur, Jack has long considered it an honor to give back to the people and communities it serves.  In addition, the garden will create a lasting legacy for a special couple who have given much of themselves and their resources for the benefit of others.” 

At the age of 85, Jack Frost still continuously works and seeks adventure.  As an art enthusiast, his around-the-world travels have enabled him to share with the community his eclectic, international, private art collection.  Numerous commissioned pieces of beautiful work are on public display along the grounds of Memorial Park and Memorial Park South Cemeteries.  Jack and Janice are most humbled by the relationships they have established with the Vietnamese and Chinese village artisans who have studied their ancient craft of meticulously hand-carving magnificent, large marble sculptures and fountains.   

With the opening of the state’s newest hospital and the goals of The Medical Center Foundation’s master outdoor space plan, Jack and Janice wanted to make possible a very special water garden.  The highlight of the garden will include a commissioned marble fountain from Asia, which will be blended with materials that complement the architecture of the hospital to create a place of peace and tranquility for patients, their families, visitors, staff and the community. The gift also includes a maintenance endowment to care for the destination into perpetuity.

 “Jack and Janice recognize how philanthropy helps us achieve a high standard of care and provide a true healing environment that sets us apart from other hospitals,” says Anthony Williamson, president of NGMC Braselton. 

Donor gardens are totally funded through donations and aim to blend art with traditional medicine to create the ultimate environment of hope, healing and wellness.

To learn more about The Jack and Janice Frost Water Garden or The Medical Center Foundation, please call 770-219-8099 or visit



Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton is the state’s newest hospital, that’s not a replacement or relocation, in almost 20 years.  NGMC Braselton brings services modeled around the programs of excellence at NGMC Gainesville – Georgia’s #1 Hospital (CareChex®) – to the Greater Braselton community.  These include advanced surgical and medical care, emergency services, heart and vascular services, orthopedics, cancer treatment and neurosciences.

Along with, NGMC Gainesville, the two hospitals share 657 beds and a medical staff of 600 physicians representing more than 50 specialties.  Both hospitals are part of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), a non-profit that cares for more than 800,000 people in more than 13 counties, with a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do.  Learn more at