Patients should remember to pack some designer pajamas if they plan to stay at one of Memorial Hermann Healthcare Systems hospitals.
Last week, the Houston-based system announced whats in and whats out for hospitals of the future, and Betsey Johnson pajamas topped the list. To be clear: Memorial Hermann does not actually provide the fashionable PJs, but patients are welcome to bring them so they do not have to wear the traditional open-back gowns that the hospital provides, according to a system spokeswoman.
Two of the systems hospitalsMemorial Hermann Katy (Texas) and Memorial Hermann Sugarland (Texas)have already adopted some of the latest trends. Healing gardens, gourmet chefs, room service and wireless communication devices have replaced barren rooms, ordinary meals served at scheduled times and overhead paging systems. The idea is to shed the previous image of hospitals as impersonal institutions and instead create a holistic patient environment that addresses the mental and spiritual aspects of healing, the system said in a news release announcing the top 10 list of whats in and out for hospitals of the future.
We want to be in harmony with our head, hearts and hands, says Jean Sedita, clinical director of medical-surgical nursing at Memorial Hermann Katy. Patients also have the option in their private rooms of playing the Care channel, which depicts scenery and plays soothing music, Sedita says. She practices what she preaches: Outliers could hear the gurgling sounds of Waters of the Earth on the channel as she spoke with us.
Other Ins on the list include pet therapy, marble hot tubs and aromatherapy to help replace the out smells of rubbing alcohol and disinfectant.
Its costly, Sedita says of the spalike services. But when you look at what drives patients to get better, in creating that environmentquiet, stress-freeit helps with the healing process.