Can Hospital Design Impact Healing? Yes, Here’s How
When you think about what might enhance the healing process for patients during their hospital stay—whether they’re recovering from surgery, just had a baby, or have a more serious chronic condition—you probably think about advancements in medicine, less-invasive surgery or the latest and greatest technology. But one of the biggest impacts to the healing process can come from somewhere a little more straightforward —a private inpatient room.
Research shows that private hospital rooms are linked to a patient’s psychological and physical recovery. Hospital room design in general can impact the way a patient heals. Everything from natural lighting, to wall color and green space can significantly improve the timeframe and manner in which patients heal. All three can impact the mood and energy levels of patients. The most important by far though, is having a space to call their own.
According to a study conducted by Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., and his colleagues at Texas A&M University and Georgia Tech, the advantages of private rooms include reduced medical errors, fewer falls, improved patient confidentiality and privacy, and better sleep quality.
For patients, having a private room allows them to experience a quieter, more restorative environment during their healing process. They can control their own light, noise, temperature and create a comfortable space for their family and friends to visit. All of which give them an opportunity to destress during oftentimes stressful circumstances.
Private inpatient rooms create meaningful change for caregivers and guests as well. Guests can have uninterrupted, personal discussions with their families, doctors, nurses and caregivers without the risk of being overheard or embarrassed about discussing any personal information.
There are benefits for the hospital staff too—like a reduced incidence of hospital-acquired infection. Plus, dedicated workspaces for nurses and doctors allow them to seamlessly work together without disrupting the healing patient as they rest. It’s also proven that physicians spend more time with their patients and have more meaningful conversations with them within the privacy of their own space.
Springfield Hospital, part of Crozer-Keystone Health System, recognizes the importance of creating an environment where a patient’s recovery process is prioritized. This year, they’ve undergone renovations to nearly double their bed count and designed all inpatient rooms to be private. The patient-centric space is designed to suit both old and young—essential for older adults in need of a safer environment.
Also worth mentioning is the hospital’s exceptional integrated care model, which includes a clinical team, case managers, social workers and health professionals—ensuring patients receive the top level of care without having to leave the facility. Also on site is the Healthplex Sports Club, staffed with professional sports therapists and personal trainers ready to help patients get well and stay well.
These enhancements reflect the commitment of Springfield Hospital’s physicians, staff and administrators to ensure the needs of Delaware County’s residents are always put first. You can keep up with their progress here.
For more information on Springfield Hospital, click here.This is a paid partnership between Crozer-Keystone Health System and Philadelphia Magazine's City/Studio