Hospitals Use Luxury To Attract Well-Heeled PatientsHealth Policy Solutions (a Colorado news service): Steak Or Scallops? Hospitals Add Luxuries To Attract The Well-Heeled
The newest hospitals offer bountiful natural light, warm-colored walls and floors, soothing art and private patient rooms with large windows and relaxation videos. ... The transformation in hospital design reflects several larger trends in American health care. First, federal privacy regulations and the need to stem the spread of infections have driven the move to providing individual patient rooms. Second, new studies show that soothing design, art and natural light - creating what is known as "healing environments" - improves patient outcomes (Kim, 7/13). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.