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New Sharp Memorial Hospital Features All Private Patient Rooms, Expanded Emergency and Trauma Services and Family Waiting Areas
Date:1/8/2009

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Recognizing the importance of family involvement in the healing process, efforts have been made to accommodate their time spent in the new hospital as well. Twelve family support spaces, including spacious waiting areas or lounges, are located on each floor so loved ones can be closer to patients. The family lounges include comfortable home-like seating, private consultation rooms, computer terminals, free wireless Internet connection, vending machines and a concierge desk stocked with medical reference materials.

Gone are the cold, drab and harsh surroundings often associated with a hospital; instead the new facility incorporates the outside world. Large windows allow natural light to stream into the hospital; soft, warm colors are used on walls, floors and furnishings; and more than 700 pieces of artwork based on nature adorn patient rooms and hospital common areas. In addition, a jade garden allows family members and ambulatory patients easy access to the outdoors without having to leave the hospital grounds.

"Many hours of thought and collaboration with staff have gone into the design of this artful, new hospital to create an environment devoted to healing," said Gross. "In addition to addressing aesthetics and patient comfort, we wanted to make sure we incorporated the very best safety features available, taking advantage of this fresh construction to do so."

Among the numerous safety features built into the new facility are:

  • Strong anti-infection measures, including superior air filtration, antimicrobial coating on all ductwork, and blinds inlaid in glass throughout the hospital's intensive care units
  • Hand washing stations at the door of every patient room
  • Close proximity of patient beds to bathroom, with sliding door for wider access, to prevent fall accidents
  • Dedicated transport elevators to separate the public from
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