After more than 100,000 votes, the results are in for Soliant Health’s 5th annual list of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America.
For the third year in a row, Florida continues its dominance as the state with the most beautiful hospitals on our list, again, boasting three of the top-20 (#13, #7 and #6.)
Of-note, Florida also took the #13 and #7 spots in 2012, but with different hospitals.
Oregon appears twice (#20 and #18) as does Michigan (#17 and #16), Utah (#15 and #19) and Illinois (#8 and #2)
Illinois comes out on top when we combine the highest rankings and number of times on the list, but it’s not the state that contains the #1 ranked hospital. (That entry got more than 10 times the votes of the #20 ranked hospital this year…Though some hospitals were separated by as few as 5 votes.)
Most surprising, though, isn’t the top spots this year but the sheer number of new additions near the top and middle of the field – all but three for 2013.
So want to know what hospital you voted as the #1 most beautiful in America…??
Take a look at our 2013 rankings, below:
20. Wallowa Memorial Hospital, Enterprise, Oregon (1,584 votes)
In 2011, this 25-bed mountain-ranch-style facility was named one of the top 100 critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the country.
Today, it serves approximately 7,000 people in a county known for beautiful views of lakes and rolling foothills.
19. CaroMont Health, Gastonia, North Carolina (1,696 votes)
Recently named one of Thomson Reuters’ Top 100 Hospitals, Caromont Regional Medical Center is more than just good looks (but it apparently has those too.)
More interesting, the 435-bed facility is one of the only hospitals in our rankings established more than 20 years ago (1946 specifically) and still standing or partially-standing to this day.
18. Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend, Springfield, Oregon (1,740 votes)
Proving its timeless beauty, our 2010 rankings’ #16 spot has been voted one of the 20 most beautiful hospitals in America once again.
A new-fashioned-classic clock tower outside gives-way to a grand foyer with soaring stone fireplace and hefty exposed wooden beams inside, recreating with modern civility the rugged feel of the American frontier.
17. Metro Health Hospital – Wyoming, Wyoming, Michigan (1,745 votes)
Opened in 2007, this 208-bed acute care facility holds a Silver LEED certification for sustainable building and operation.
Yet it’s the public and patient areas of this hospital’s interior that are the real show-off of the facility, with contemporary design and zone-specific lighting that can be adjusted for individual patient needs.
16. Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe, Michigan (1,779 votes)
Architects Hobbs + Black replaced an aging c.1929 structure with the modern, curving lines of this multi-award-winning facility, which ranked among the top 12% in America for customer-satisfaction in 2010.
15. Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah (2,051 votes)
Since this $100-million facility opened in 1999 (with its hospital officially opening in 2004), the Huntsman Cancer Institute has received more than a quarter-billion-dollars in funding as a designated National Cancer Institute research facility specializing in cancer research at the molecular and genetic level.
This facility previously made the 2009 edition of our 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America rankings.
14. Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News, Virginia (2,056 votes)
Completed last year by FMG Design Inc., this 250,000 square foot, 3-story addition to Newport News’ Riverside Regional Medical Center features advanced surgical space, pre-post-op procedural, central sterile, pharmacy, and ICU/step-down beds.
The main entrance and lobby are excellent examples of the most recent hospital architectural thinking.
13. Gulf Coast Medical Center, Fort Myers, Florida (2,141 votes)
This 350-bed facility has 43 emergency beds, 28 exam rooms, 22 ORs, 10 observation units, and five trauma rooms amid high-ceilinged palm-tree-filled hallways with extensive water features incorporated into the exterior architecture.
This is the second year this spot has been occupied with a Florida hospital: Last year, it was Orlando’s MD Anderson Cancer Center.
12. Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Voorhees Township, New Jersey (2,689 votes)
The sailing clean lines of this one-piece curved structure are a delight to see – An architectural model of simplicity and grace all at once.
11. Norton Sound Regional Hospital, Nome, Alaska (2,727 votes)
Surrounded by the untamed terrain of arguably the most beautiful of all states, this is the lone Alaskan hospital to make our Top 20 rankings this year.
10. Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, California (2,979 votes)
Aside from our #1 and #2 positions for 2013, California’s Eisenhower Medical Center is the only other hospital that has made our rankings for the past two-years-running.
With patient rooms that could stand-in for boutique retail store spaces and central pavilions with refined color palettes, Renaissance-based art through the halls completes the creation of a modern piazza feel.
9. McKay-Dee Hospital Center, Ogden, Utah (3,458 votes)
Boasting what is perhaps one of the most beautiful artificial lakes around a hospital in America, Utah’s McKay-Dee Hospital is one of those medical buildings whose beauty is in its symmetry, as well as its natural surroundings. Here, both work together to create a truly uplifting space.
8. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, Illinois (3,569 votes)
Back on the list after making our inaugural 2009 rankings, the first of two Illinois entries on our 2013 list features a delightful multi-level campus whose courtyards and walkways are as much fun to explore as they are to look at.
7. West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Miami, Florida (5,551 votes)
After making our 2011 rankings, it’s no surprise that this stylish Miami health center is again one of our top 20 for this year.
Interestingly-enough, a Florida medical facility was also in this spot last year – Health Central Hospital, in Ocoee.
6. Doctors Memorial Hospital, Bonifay, Florida (6,616 votes)
This stunning 2008 rebuild of its 1950s-era namesake is also ahead of its time logistically, having implemented a fully certified Electronic Health Record system.
Doctors Memorial has been cited as one of the most profitable critical care hospitals in the country.
5. Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, East Norriton, Pennsylvania (6,890 votes)
Natural hardwood floors and furniture in contemporarily-designed rooms with large windows looking out on a human-made lake are a welcome sight here.
The room-to-room beauty of this building is complimented by a five-storey, all-glass atrium as well as designer common and eating spaces.
4. Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, New York (9,973 votes)
New York’s perennial entry in our rankings hasn’t gone far in the last few years, making our 2011 rankings most recently, before appearing again here in 2013.
Two years ago, we called Stony Brook University Hospital’s architecture “challenging, perplexing, and just-plain-fun” with multiple towers and several bridges between them for both functionality and looks.
3. Cass Regional Medical Center, Harrisonville, Missouri (10,943 votes)
Natural stone, wood, and metal combine tastefully inside-and-out in Harrisonville, Missouri to create what is truly one of America’s best-looking medical institutions.
Designed by Hoefer Wysocki Architecture, the hospital opened its doors in 2009, just after our inaugural rankings were published: Proof that some of the most beautiful hospitals in America may have yet to be created.
2. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst, Illinois (14,007 votes)
Our #2 ranking for this year is no stranger to being one of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America. Last year, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital took the #5 spot.
Moving up three positions for 2013, Elmhurst Memorial maintains its stylish looks and comforting feel.
As we said in 2012: “Were it not for the bed wheels and side rails…most of the rooms here could pass for those at a modestly-[well]-appointed hotel.”
And the highest number of votes among 2013’s 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America goes to…
1. LeConte Medical Center, Sevierville, Tennessee (16,250 votes)
The#3 entry from our 2012 rankings takes the top spot this year: The $115-million-dollar rock & stone lodge was built in 2010 as a replacement hospital in one of East Tennessee’s fastest-growing communities. The community of Sevier county raised over $10 million dollars to support the building of this medical campus, much of which used materials native to the state of Tennessee.
Located near the state’s rustic Smoky Mountains, this three storey “mountain modern” campus includes 80 patient rooms, 4 ORs, the county’s first cancer survival center, and the state-of-the-art Dolly Parton Center for Women’s Services. Patients had to drive over 40 miles to Knoxville to receive chemotherapy and radiation treatments prior to the opening of the Thompson Cancer Survival Center.
The main building opens onto a two-storey stone lobby, where a natural feel is created with “wood-look” laminate columns and panels with birch accents.
Congratulations to all of this year’s 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.!
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