12 Jul, 2016 | Written by Premis

Can Hospitals Be Beautiful? (Part 2)

Last week we asked the question, “Can Hospitals Be Beautiful?” and started by visiting the incredible Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan which was the runner up in The Most Beauitful Hospitals in the World report from the online publication Healthcare Business Tech.

This week it’s all about who won that survey and it was the 368-bed Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

Often compared to a high-end department store or hotel, this hospital’s design is a dramatic contrast to the usual sterile white image of a hospital. Equipped with a separate set of elevators for patients or medical staff and the public, as well as a rooftop garden, and museum-quality paintings adorning the walls, it might be hard to go home.

There’s even a concierge service offering “daily newspaper delivery, transportation, dining, gift arrangement and delivery, courier services, shopping and business services, MP3 player docking stations and digital photo frames for patient rooms, and help with other special requests.”

The hospital’s patient-centered care and aesthetic beauty helped it land top honors, an acknowledgment of the role that an appealing aesthetic plays in the health and recovery of patients. Other factors included eco-friendliness and alignment with the hospital’s natural surroundings. Additionally, nursing station desktops are shaped like surfboards to reflect its Southern California location and all private rooms feature sofas that convert into beds so loved ones can spend the night accompanying a patient. The hospital boasts nearly 1,000 pieces of art in public and private spaces and a calming garden featuring a bamboo grove, camellia tree and benches for relaxation.

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