Healing Environment

Creating a Healing Hospital Environment


What is a Healing Hospital Environment? A healing environment is defined as one that has a nurturing and therapeutic effect.  Studies show that well-designed hospital environments can reduce patients’ anxiety and stress, accelerate recovery, shorten hospitalizations, reduce medication use, lessen pain, and promote a sense of well-being.  On the organizational level, therapeutic environments can help contain costs by improving patient outcomes, reducing length of stay, and enhancing staff recruitment, satisfaction, productivity and retention.   

Specific healing design elements include:

These and other elements create surroundings that help calm patients and strengthen their ability to cope and recover.

Creating a Healing Environment at Montefiore

Montefiore is committed to providing a physical environment that promotes the highest quality of patient care. Initiatives such as these contribute to a healing environment: