Hospital Design

Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, OSW-C Program Manager, Oncology Social Work

FEBRUARY 23, 2017

Everyone who has ever set foot in a hospital is aware that they are rarely patient/consumer-friendly. Whether it it is the lack of privacy or the long and confusing walks between different offices or the poor signage or the crummy food options, it is pretty clear that the buildings could be improved. My nephew has a proposal that will never happen, but that would surely be a good addition: bars with bar food in the lobby.

Moving beyond the obvious issues, there are real concerns about our health in hospitals. This article from The New York Times is an eye-opener:

Bad Hospital Design Is Making Us Sicker


As a medical resident working 30-hour shifts, I quickly came to cherish those rare moments when I could duck out of the bustling and brightly lit hospital corridors and lay my head on a pillow.

Granted, it was often in a barren call room with a stiff mattress and a rumbling heater. There I’d lie, counting the seconds before an alarm sounded to alert me that a patient might have shifted in bed or an IV medication finished, or an overhead page called some doctor (please, not me!) to some floor to deal with yet another issue.

But as hard as it might be for doctors to rest in the hospital, it’s infinitely harder for patients.

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Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.
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