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Intermountain Medical Center and Primary Children’s among America’s most beautiful hospitals

Intermountain Medical Center and Primary Children’s among America’s most beautiful hospitals

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two Utah hospitals ranked among the top 20 most beautiful hospitals in the nation, according to a recent poll from a health care staffing provider.

"Utah seems to have a large number of attractive hospitals, with many facilities from the state gracing our list over the years," the poll stated.

Intermountain Medical Center in Murray ranked 13th on the survey, while Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City claimed 19th. The poll was conducted by Soliant Health, a health care staffing company in Atlanta.

"We were inspired to create this list by recent data that found 'happy hospitals make happy patients,'" said David Alexander, president of Soliant Health, in a press release. "As a provider of health care professionals for hospitals, we recognize that staff morale and attention to patients' needs are critical to patients' happiness, but the survey also showed that another factor in satisfaction was how the hospital actually looked."

The natural waterworks around Intermountain led to the high ranking, the poll stated. The medical center features cascading waterfalls, modern ponds and floor-to-ceiling windows.

"We’re pleased to receive this recognition," said Joe Mott, administrator at Intermountain Medical Center. "I believe the physical beauty of our campus — a healing environment that’s infused with nature and lots of sunlight — brings peace and beauty that supports our culture of healing that is found in every part of our medical center."

As one of the oldest buildings on the list, Primary Children's was originally founded in 1911. The hospital has undergone several renovations through the years, and the current design dates back to 1990.

Primary Children's CEO Katy Welkie said in addition to the hospital's beautiful architecture, the caregivers and staff fill the place with "a spirit of healing and hope."

"Our beautifully designed buildings are carefully nurtured and maintained by all who work and volunteer here to help us to welcome our unique patients and their families," Welkie said.

Six states tied for having the most beautiful hospitals in the country. Florida, Illinois, Utah, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania each had two medical facilities ranked in the top 20 list, a first since the poll started in 2008.

Fifty medical facilities were nominated for the online poll, and communities nationwide voted on the top 20. More than 100,000 voters participated in the annual survey.

"There is a special feel to hospitals with inviting public spaces and soothing private rooms," Gale Yochum, a veteran Soliant nurse, said in the press release. "Patients who feel satisfied with the facility may recover faster and have shorter stays, which is good for both hospital and patient."

The most beautiful hospital on the list was the Orange Regional Medical Center in New York. Riverview Medical Center, New Jersey, and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Illinois, tied for second place.

Last year Utah was the state with the most hospitals on the list: Intermountain LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City at 15th, Logan Regional Hospital in Logan at 12th, Bear River Valley Hospital in Tremonton at fourth, and McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden at third.


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