Hospital and Healthcare Management. (25 Nov. 2011). Feel-good Hospitals for patients and caregivers.. http://www.hhmglobal.com/knowledge-bank/articles/feel-good-hospitals-for-patients-and-caregivers.
“Patients need much more than just medication and skilled treatment in order to get well. Attentive care demonstrably accelerates people’s recovery. Hospital architecture and the design of workplaces and patients’ rooms also play an important role – for the patient’s wellbeing, but also an efficient workflow at the hospital.
At the beginning of the year, the staff at the St. Josef Hospital and Pediatric Clinic in Neunkirchen, Germany, faced the difficult task of moving their patients and all of the medical equipment to a new hospital building. Despite all of the cost pressures, this new beginning gave planners the rare opportunity to design and configure the hospital building and wards from the ground up. Upon entering the red-and-white painted hospital facility, visitors arrive in a foyer with a waiting area containing a piano. The corridors are painted in warm shades of yellow, and the patients’ rooms are much friendlier and more comfortable than those in the previous building. The impression of being in a living room is further enhanced by curtains and movable cupboards for the patients. Even such comparatively simple measures seem to have a big effect. “The patients say that they immediately feel as though they’re in a five-star hotel,” reports Dr. Ernst Konrad, Chief Physician of the Clinic for Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine. In the intensive care units, doctors and nurses find it easier to do their work, and here too the rooms are more comfortable and colorful than those in the previous hospital building.”