By Mary Kay Gominger
Chief of Community & Public Affairs
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
VA’s Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Mississippi, has been nominated in an annual search to find the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America.
Here’s one reason why:
The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System is the only VA hospital chosen in the final group of hospitals nominated from across America. Anyone can vote for the hospital of their choice. Voting takes less than one minute. Biloxi has a beautiful facility with a noble mission, so let’s spread the word.
The annual competition is sponsored by Soliant Health, one of the largest health care staffing companies in America.
Healing is Beautiful, and Vice Versa
The link between beautiful hospitals and pleased patients has been observed by Soliant staff as they work in facilities around the country. “There is a special feel to hospitals with inviting public spaces and soothing private rooms,” said one nurse. “Patients who feel satisfied with the facility may recover faster and have shorter stays, which is good for both hospital and patient.”
“Patients who feel satisfied with the facility may recover faster and have shorter stays.”
According to David Alexander, president of Soliant Health, “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 our surveys also show that another factor in satisfaction was how the hospital actually looked.”
The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System has fully embraced cultural transformation in all new construction and renovations. Their interior designers have taken the lead for VA nationwide in developing interiors that help create a comforting homelike atmosphere.
From Medical/Surgical and ICU units to Community Living Center, Residential Rehabilitation, and inpatient behavioral health, a homelike atmosphere has been integrated into all patient care areas without compromising infection control standards or interfering with state-of-the-art medical care.
Design Promotes Exercise and Fellowship
Outside the bricks and mortar, the Biloxi medical center incorporates cultural transformation and patient-centered care philosophy through landscapes and areas of recreation. The Central Lawn and meandering sidewalks encourage more walking and the new basketball court invites activities promoting exercise and fellowship.
The fishing pier provides an opportunity to relax and enjoy the view or veterans can try their luck at fishing with gear and bait provided at the nearby bait shack.
Bicycles are provided for those that enjoy a nice leisurely ride around the sprawling 105 acre campus that includes scenic views on Bay Back Biloxi and magnificent moss-laden live oak trees.
The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System is accredited by the Joint Commission to serve Veterans across three states.The VA Medical Center is located in Biloxi, Miss., with four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Mobile, Ala., Pensacola, Fla., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. and Panama City, Fla.
The VA Medical Center in Biloxi and the Florida CBOCs are located in close proximity to Department of Defense military installations.