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Date:1/8/2008

althcare happening right in front of us," said Thomas Harmon, MD, medical staff president for Dublin Methodist Hospital. "The design and technology are focused on improving patient care at every level. This is not technology for technology's sake - it is making us better doctors."

"A very significant by-product of our use of digital technology will be a dramatic reduction of paper," said Herbert. "In fact, the only paperwork patients will see are printed discharge instructions and consent forms that they have to sign, and we're even working on electronic versions of both of those as well. Think how many trees we'll be saving."

Design - "The Pebble Project"

Dublin Methodist is one of 53 members of the Pebble Project, a joint research effort between The Center for Health Design, a non-profit research and advocacy organization, and forward thinking healthcare providers. The purpose of their work is to improve the quality of patient care, the quality of work life, the financial efficiency of an institution and to improve patient outcomes through evidence-based design and research.

"There is solid and growing evidence," said Herbert, "that creating healthcare environments centered around the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients positively impacts the natural healing process. Much of that evidence-based information has come to us through our association with the Pebble Project."

Some of the patient and caregiver-friendly concepts incorporated into Dublin Methodist include:

-- All private rooms - big enough for patients, families and caregivers.

Private rooms reduce stress, reduce the chance of infection and

improve confidentiality.

-- Acuity adaptable rooms - every room can be converted to any level of

care so the patient doesn't have to move.

-- Like-handed rooms - all rooms are designed and laid out exactly the

same way. What's on the left in one room
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