There is a new hospital on the Copacabana. No, it’s not a resort hotel, although it certainly looks like and behaves like one. It’s right on the beach, and its right in the middle of one of Brazil’s biggest tourist areas in Rio de Janeiro. It’s the Copa Star, a different kind of hospital.
For one thing, upon entry into the lobby, one finds a grand piano. That’s not normally what one would find in a hospital lobby. Also, there is artwork by the famed Japanese artist, Yutaka Toyota. His works can be found throughout the hospital. The lobby is furnished with plush sofas and easy chairs.
There is a five star restaurant available. It’s not a restaurant with cafeteria-style food. It’s a chef’s restaurant offering a gourmet menu, featuring the finest meals and the service is top notch.
The patients’ rooms are not just ordinary hospital rooms. They are suites, each with its own bathroom. The patients control the amenities with a table device. They can control the temperature and the lighting, and even the drapes from their bed with the tablet. The tablet is also used to carry on video conferences with the staff, the nurses, and even the doctors. The doctors can even display the results of the patient’s test and diagnoses.
The Hospital Copa Star is the brainchild of the president of the D’Or Institute. He wants a hospital that has more amenities than just a bed for a person to lie in. D’Or operates a number of hospitals in Brazil, and plans to open more hospitals like the 115-million dollar Copa Star in Brasilia and Sao Paulo.
There are 115 patient suits, and each of the 9 intensive care untis come equipped with a video system that lets the intensive care patient watch the goings-on on the street, the hospital corridors and waiting rooms, and even on the sandy beach outside.
There are nine state of the art operating rooms, each equipped with a battery of the most sophisticated equipment, such as robotic controls and MRI devices.
The hospital’s plans for the future are to specialize in the fields of cardiology and neurology.
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