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Can Hospitals Be Calming? Johns Hopkins Says 'Yes'


BALTIMORE—Most people agree that good design can improve one’s state of mind. Designers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore also believe it can help patients heal, which is why its new 1.6 million square-foot patient care building, scheduled to open in April 2012, features an elegant design with peace and quiet for patients as a priority.

In planning the building, architects, designers, doctors and nurses provided input with the comfort of the patients and their families in mind, and the result is a quiet, calm, and serene healing environment with a clean, contemporary edge. Visitors will sense the design inspiration as they pass the gardens outside and enter the large welcoming lobbies filled with natural light from the hospital’s new main entrance at 1800 Orleans Street.

One of the new building’s two 12-story towers will house The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, in honor of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s mother who died at age 102 earlier this year. The other tower will be named the Sheikh Zayed Tower for cardiovascular and critical care, honoring the late father of the president of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The upper floors feature 355 adult and 205 pediatric private -patient rooms that include private baths and in-room sleeping accommodations to allow a family member to spend the night by their loved one’s side. For pediatric patients, a children’s meditation room addresses their spiritual needs while a two-story indoor play area provides a space to get away from their room and just be a kid.

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