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New Hospital's Therapeutic Design Supports Healing, Green Practices
Date:10/24/2009

t underscores their commitment to hope and healing, from the Garden of Hope, which provides a place for quiet reflection, to the Sanctuaries of Silence and Peace, areas for meditation and prayer.

"As our clinical teams focus on each patient's medical and physical condition, the beautifully designed building creates a healing environment and helps us support their emotional well-being," Goldfarb said.

Some studies indicate that design improvements lead to improved patient outcomes, although more research needs to be done, according to Robert Cassidy, editor-in-chief of Building Design+Construction magazine, based in Oak Brook, Ill.

"There's great value in saving energy, improving day-lighting and providing views of nature and other amenities, such as healing gardens and family centered patient rooms and facilities," Cassidy said. "One of the ways the patients and families evaluate a health-care setting is how bright and cozy it is. Whether those elements have a benefit in reduced length of stay or other clinical benefits is not scientifically proven, but our gut tells us they do."

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