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.
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.
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.
4. Mood Lighting and Bamboo Decor
Do you know of many hospitals that feature mood lighting and bamboo decor? These features, which can be found in the center’s radiology rooms, aim to ease the minds of patients receiving treatment and help boost their mood with a fresh, calming appearance.
3. One-Stop Shop For Procedures and Tests
Convenience is always a welcome innovation. Blood draws and other information-gathering tests and procedures all take place on the ground floor of the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. This helps make the process of going for tests as easy and painless as possible.
2. Instant Blood Test Results
Even better, patients don’t have to wait for hours, even days, to get blood test results back. Upon walking into the cancer center, they can give blood, with samples immediately sent up to be analyzed. The results are ready by the time the patient meets with their doctor.
1. Upgraded Technology
Some of the most important innovations aren’t always obvious for patients to see. They come by way of technological development, through improvements to cloud services and advancements with technologies like artificial intelligence. Such developments make way for the possibility of getting, sending, and sharing information faster than ever before, whether it’s between doctor and patient, or between partner hospitals across the country.
As researchers continue working toward finding a cure for cancer, medical professionals continue working toward making advancements with treatment and care. Amenities like those found at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center may soon be found at more and more hospitals around the country. The approach to medicine may shift, but hopefully, it’s only to evolve and improve.
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