A Hospital Wine Bar
Several years ago during a family medical crisis, one of my entrepreneurial nephews suggested that a wonderful addition to hospitals would be a bar in the lobby. This idea was a hit with all of us that day, and I have remembered it ever since. Of course this will never happen (at least in the US), and the negatives are obvious and many. But a good glass of wine would go a long way during those endless, stressful waits, and it would be a new source of revenue for cash-strapped hospitals.
With that in mind, I was especially delighted to see this news clip about a wine bar opening in a French hospital. Wish that the idea would spread across the Atlantic.
French hospital to open wine bar to cheer up terminally ill
Fri, Aug 1 2014
PARIS (Reuters) - A hospital in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand is to open a wine bar where terminally ill patients will be
able to enjoy a "medically-supervised" glass or two with their families.
"Why should we refuse the charms of the soil to those at the end of their lives? Nothing justifies such an prohibition," the
Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital Center said in statement.
The center's head, Dr. Virginie Guastella, said terminally ill patients had the right to "enjoy themselves".
The bar will be the first in France to offer such a facility for patients and their families. Staff will be specially trained before it
opens in the hospital's palliative care center in September.
"Medically supervised tastings will help brighten what is often a difficult daily life," the hospital said.