Today's healthcare design follows the same principles as medicine itself — extensive research, data-driven decisions and constant reassessment. As a result, the new class of hospitals are more like hotels, with private rooms, gardens and art installations. CNN Style explores the new approach to evidence-based design in healthcare that is inspiring and healing.
While the healthcare system in America is in a state of crisis, the hospitals, care centers and research facilities that make up the industry -- in the States and abroad -- have never looked better.
Gone are the days of sterile spaces, shared rooms and buildings that could be confused for corporate offices.
Instead, we've seen a new class of hospitals that are more like hotels, with private rooms, gardens and art installations.
But competition is driving people away from private facilities and into county hospitals that are adopting a new, more patient-centric approach, according to Pat Bosch, design director at the Miami office of architecture firm Perkins + Will.
"We're seeing a lot of intersections with corporate America, retail, hospitality and civic [architecture]," she says. "It's about: How do you attract and retain your community and your patients? How do you attract and retain doctors and nurses?"
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