8 Amenities You’ll Find in the Hospital of the Future

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You might think that the place to see the hospital of the future would be in major cities like New York or the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, but you’d be wrong. The hospital of the future lies in middle America, in the city of Omaha, Nebraska. The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center combines innovative features with a holistic approach to medicine, aiming to give patients a step ahead when it comes to treatment and healing. Here are some of the amenities you’ll find in this hospital — and possibly, in other hospitals to come.

8. Therapeutic Music Programs

In line with its holistic approach, the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center features a Healing Arts program, which includes a therapeutic music program for patients. The objective of this program is to help patients deal with the emotional side of cancer, treating emotions such as anxiety, stress, and depression. Research has shown that music can help reduce pain and boost your overall health.

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7. Art Galleries

Just like music can help lighten one’s mood, so can art. A study by the U.S. National Library of Medicine found art activities may have an impact on emotional healing. The Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center plans to incorporate art therapy in its Healing Arts program. The cancer center also boasts artistic offerings that include a diverse art collection, rotating exhibits, and the Chihuly Sanctuary, a glass-walled structure featuring the glasswork of sculptor Dale Chihuly. The beautiful sanctuary is meant to serve as an area of respite for patients.

6. Glass Sculptures

A lighted glass tower, called “Search” and created by sculpture artist Jun Kaneko, isn’t just a beautiful piece of work, but it’s also an expression of beauty and hope. The 82-foot tower, which includes a 7-foot-high base, stands in front of the cancer center. The tower serves as a “beacon of light” and hope to all those who pass through, whether they’re battling cancer, or have a loved one who is fighting the disease.


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5. A Healing Garden

A centerpiece of the cancer center is Leslie’s Healing Garden, which features 7,700 square feet of plant life. Family and friends alike can walk the garden and view over 20 different types of perennial plants. Staff can find a brief pause from the rigors of their work amongst nature, because when cancer is involved, everybody needs healing.

What other amenities might be on the horizon for hospitals? Click ‘next’ to read on and learn about more new features!

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