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Light, Bright Becoming Norm for Hospital Construction

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Rochester: Light, Bright Becoming Norm for Hospital Construction
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Hospitals certainly look a lot different today than they did 15 years ago. As medical facilities build new wings, remodel or expand, a light, bright environment is becoming the norm.

Today’s medical environments are much brighter and more inviting, and experts say that model of treating both the illness and the patient as a whole makes healing a bit easier.

"More relaxing environment, sort of if you were walking into a spa. You want patients to feel relaxed, families to feel welcome and that has a direct impact in how quickly patients heal," said Marylin Galimi, the St. Joseph's Hospital engineering and construction director.

That's why this hospital in Syracuse was designed with a lot of natural light, bright colors and artwork lining the halls. As important as the look and feel is the bricks and mortar behind the paint.

"Materials are very important. Sound attenuation, acoustic tile systems, the fabrication of the walls, the materials used in the floor, even the countertops. Everything was looked at to make sure we accommodated for a quieter environment," said Galimi.

The new tower is also quieter for patients because each patient gets their own room instead of having to share. It also improves patient care while reducing costs.

"The private room offering helps to be able to have a reduction in hospital acquired conditions and when you reduce hospital acquired conditions. Patients get better faster and they spend less time in the hospital, which is really what we want. The hospital setting is the highest cost setting to be able to provide care. And our patients are the sickest and we want them to get healthier as fast as they can," said Anne Marie Walker-Czyz, the St. Joseph's Hospital senior vice president for operations.

But building to the new standards isn't easy or quick.

"This is the culmination of over a decade and a half of incredible thought, foresight. The tower is really a dream come true, the last of many, many pieces and parts to come together to make our vision for healthcare services a reality," said Walker-Czyz.

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