This year, there was a tie for the 20th spot, and two states tied for the largest number of hospitals to make our list:
* Texas took the #3, #7, #11, and #14 spots
* while Florida took the #2, #5, #9, and #19 spots.
Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Virginia each appeared twice. All other hospitals on this year’s list are the sole representatives of their states, including the hospital voted most beautiful.
Though last year’s #1 is absent from our 2015 list, this year’s choice for the #1 spot brought in a jaw-dropping 95,426 votes: almost as many as the total number of votes that came in for our entire 2013 edition.
Ready to find out which facility you voted as the most beautiful hospital in America for 2015? Drumroll please…
- Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, St. Crosby, Minnesota
After an extensive expansion that brought spa-like amenities to its patient care unit, the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center welcomes visitors to the main entrance of this new clinic with a graceful bowstring canopy that leads to a wide, sweeping mall with large skylight.
- La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
Originally built as a replica of the Convento de Santa Maria de la Rabida by the Spanish government for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, La Rabida Children’s Hospital has spectacular views of Lake Michigan to the east and the city’s Yacht Harbor to the west.
The nautically-inspired outpatient center features eighteen state-of the art exam pods named for fish found in Lake Michigan, a wall-sized ipad, and a healing garden.
- Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine, Florida
Flagler Hospital is part of a 75-acre health park that consistently ranks among the top 5% of US hospitals for clinical excellence.
One of the first in the country to replace patient charts with Internet-ready laptops, Flagler continues its tradition of leading-edge tech with fully-digital operating rooms, a state-of-the art neonatal intensive care unit, and one of the world’s most advanced cancer fighting Adaptive Radiation Therapy delivery systems.
- Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, New Jersey
Located on New Jersey’s Navesink River, this 492-bed acute care community hospital with amazing water views has all the appointments of a grand hotel, including a free concierge service that will assist with personal errands, information requests, and even room service for both patients and guests.
- Adirondack Health, Saranac Lake, New York
Nestled in a jagged outcropping of mountain peaks carved by icy streams, Adirondack Health’s Saranac Lake location is famed for its local “cure cottages” used as early treatments for patients with tuberculosis.
Starting in the 1890s and for the next 60 years, Saranac Lake was known as “the Western Hemisphere’s foremost center for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.”
The modern hospital at this site features square angles contrasted with sweeping arcs at entrances, hinting at the bowed branches of lakeside spruce and pine here.
- Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Marion, Virginia
In 1884, the citizens of Smyth county donated 199 acres of farmland and four freshwater springs in the Appalachians for construction of what is now known as the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute.
With architecture ranging from the historically-designated Henderson building completed in 1887, to the Bagley building that was erected in 1990, the grounds here offer a snapshot of construction history over the last 130 years.
- Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This new 1.5-million-square-foot complex is dedicated to making kids feel better, with interiors incorporating combinations of bright colors, interesting designs, and natural light.
Highlights include green space on the roof and healing gardens that double as rainwater retaining systems, as well as the Transformation Corridor – a hallway between the parking structure and the hospital filled with images of butterflies, indicative of the metamorphosis from illness to health.
- Forest Park Medical Center – Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Having just opened its doors last November, Fort Worth’s Forest Park Medical Center is a doctor-owned $95 million acute care hospital with 12 operating suites, a full-service imaging center and laboratory, 54 private inpatient rooms including family suites, six intensive care rooms, a vegetated roof system, and parking for 600 vehicles.
- West Shore Hospital, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Just opened last year, West Shore was constructed with patient in mind, built with noise-reducing materials that contribute to a tranquil environment to help speed patient recovery.
It also features personal entertainment centers in each room as well as digital white boards that give patients and families up-to-the-minute information on treatment.
- Logan Regional Hospital, Logan, Utah
Utah hospitals have been represented on our annual list since our first edition back in 2009 and this year is no exception.
Nestled in the plateaus of “America’s safest city”, Logan Regional incorporates as much glass as possible to show off the real star of this property: views of the nearby Bear River Mountains.
- Baylor, Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, Waco, Texas
Rising off the ground of the main entrance driveway like the canopy of a great patio gazebo, the first impression you get at the entranceway of this welcoming hospital is that of a visit to a beautifully-landscaped backyard.
Its cancer center houses such advanced items as a linear accelerator and 20 infusion therapy rooms with scenic garden views to create a calming environment through technologically advanced care services.
- Mercy Health West Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio
Inspired by Ohio’s tradition of art pottery production, the exterior of Mercy Health West is a collage of 11 different blue-green colors and 19 shapes of glazed brick tiles that pay tribute to the 60-acre wooded hospital site, along with the region’s hills and valleys.
On top of it all, a 2.5-acre green roof punctuated with skylights and lightwells is a brilliant example of connections between architecture, natural light, and landscape.
- Doctors Memorial Hospital, Bonifay, Florida
Celebrating its third year on our list, Northern Florida’s outstanding small hospital has dropped three spots from where it held on at #6 for two years.
After a from-the-ground-up rebuild of its 1950s namesake, Doctors Memorial’s medical record system has gone completely electronic. And the facility remains one of the most profitable critical care hospitals in America.
- Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst, Illinois
This is Elmhurst’s 4th year on our list – it was the runner-up in 2013 and has fought back up in the votes from its 2014 spot in 16th place.
The building’s stylish looks and comforting personality make this one of those hospitals with the feel of a high-end contemporary hotel.
- Forest Park Medical Center – Southlake, Southlake, Texas
From its calming color scheme to the green views from all patient rooms to the water feature in the lobby and the special scent pumped through the HVAC system, every corner of Forest Park Southlake has been designed to reduce stress and promote healing.
- St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home, Carroll, Iowa
With its 110-year history in Carroll, Iowa, St. Anthony has undergone recent expansions that include an immense three-story atrium, complete with waterwall and expansive windows that provide sweeping vistas of the Iowa countryside.
- HealthPark Medical Center, Ft. Myers, Florida
HealthPark Medical Center is listed among the top 100 US hospitals for cardiology and intensive care, but it’s also home to a new fresh-food café with rounded dark-wood counters, glass-encased carving stations, and lustrous flooring that has its patrons comparing it to a cruise chip.
- Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News, Virginia
2013 saw the completion of a 250,000 square-foot, 3-story addition to Newport News’ Riverside Regional Medical Center, focused on both safety and healing.
With advanced surgical space and ICU/step-down beds, the center also took care of small details: calming wall colors, joint-free seamless wash stations, slip-resistant flooring, and non-glare diffused lighting to enhance the healing process.
- Forest Park Medical Center – San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Our #3 hospital for this year features a grand entry staircase leading to a surgery waiting area with an adjacent roof garden patio, which patient rooms also look out onto.
Forest Park’s dining room off the main lobby includes ample natural light, along with a dramatic light fixture and fascinating three-dimensional wood ceiling.
The building’s exterior incorporates locally-sourced materials that seek to bring the rugged Hill Country feel onto the property.
- Homestead Hospital, Homestead, Florida
Designed to withstand a Category Five hurricane, Homestead Hospital was constructed to promote healing in a tropical environment, inspired by the traditional Spanish Colonial architecture prevalent in south Florida.
The spacious, air-and-light-filled building is our 2015 runner-up, home to indoor palm trees and tropical flowers, with warm-wood tones and local artwork throughout.
- Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, Americus, Georgia
Started in 1908 as an eight-bed hospital established by a group of women with the Americus and Sumter County Hospital Association, Phoebe Sumter grew into a state-of-the-art facility, until it was destroyed by tornado in 2007.
For four years, the hospital operated out of tents donated by FEMA and the Boy Scouts, then moved into modular buildings until hospital services were eventually housed in a 71,000 square-foot interim facility with 76 beds.
The new permanent Phoebe Sumter Medical Center opened in December 2011. The 183,000 square-foot facility with 76 beds and all-private rooms is Soliant’s 2015 Most Beautiful Hospital in America.
Stay tuned for a Winner Spotlight on the Soliant Blog tomorrow, June 16, that will highlight our #1 hospital for 2015, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.
Congratulations to Soliant’s 2015 Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.!
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