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Smart hospital designed ‘through the patient’s eyes’

Canadian journalist Rebecca Melnyk describes the light, airy, and spacious design of what is reportedly Canada’s first ‘smart’ hospital – the new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital in Vaughan, Ontario.

In addition to a clear focus on incorporating the latest technology, biophilic design principles, building in resilience to future pandemics, infection control, and reducing patient anxiety, were all afforded a high priority by the architects of the new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital.

Hospitals can often feel intimidating. Deep floorplates let little sunshine through to the maze-like corridors, and medical devices can make rooms appear cold and sterile, reminding patients of their own mortality. Through the doors of Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital – the first hospital to ever rise in Vaughan, Ontario in Canada – life’s health challenges are met with comfort, safety, and lots of natural light.

The notion of what a hospital should be has evolved greatly over the years, where patient stress now figures highly into early planning. Such was the case as Stantec began designing this facility, which is Mackenzie Health’s second fullservice hospital. A

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