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Hospital or Hotel? Healthcare Becoming More Hospitality Focused

Healthcare design is increasingly focused on creating a comfortable and hospitality-like environment for patients – or “guests” as some hospitals may say – keep patients and guests at ease during their stay. A recent New York Times article discusses how hospitals are being transformed and some people may not even be able to tell a hospital and hotel apart.

Similar to the article’s quiz, take a look at some hotels and hospitals featuring Shaw Contract Group flooring and see if you can tell the difference – hotel or hospital? Answers below.

Also, try the quiz from the New York Times to see if you can tell the difference!











A: Hospital – Bellevue Medical Center (Bellevue, NE)
B: Hotel – Shore Hotel (Santa Monica, CA)
C: Hospital – Pocono Medical Center (East Stroudsburg, PA)
D: Hospital – The Overlook at C.C. Young (Dallas, TX)
E: Hotel – Doubletree Suites by Hilton (Huntsville, AL)
F: Hotel – Westin Phoenix Downtown (Phoenix, AZ)
G: Hospital – Swedish/Issaquah Medical Center (Issaquah, WA)
H: Hotel – The Allison Inn & Spa (Newberg, OR)

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Evidence-Based Design in Practice

Can an intensive focus on design affect patients and their levels of stress or aggression while in medical treatment?  That was the focus of an article recently published in The New York Times written by Roger S. Ulrich, a visiting professor of architecture at Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The consensus?  Decades of studies on the design of apartments, prisons, cardiac intensive care units and offices have resulted in a common theme:  key components in the design of facilities and interiors can and have had a positive impact on the well-being of patients in mental health and medical facilities.   Evidence-based design, or making decisions based on research that will create the most efficient outcome, has become the fastest growing trend in healthcare development.

Shaw Contract Group’s Healthcare Design Studio considers evidence-based design research when designing products to meet the high performance and aesthetic requirements demanded within medical and wellness facilities.  The key principle that nature is a proven force in healing was the major inspiration for one of our newest collections: Unearthed.  Shaw Contract Group designers styled Agate, Jasper, Quartz and Mica to abstractly mimic the natural rock formations and banded layering of minerals found under the earth’s surface.  The colorways were derived from the healing properties of individual colored rocks and mineral formations.

Want inspiration?  Visit the collection here.

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