The 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. (2016) are…


most_beautiful_hospitals-2016After thousands and thousands of votes, the results are in for Soliant Health’s 8th annual list of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America.

Utah had the most hospitals on the list this year – a first for that state, with 4 spots including #3, #4, #12 and #15

Florida – which has had multiple hospitals on the list since our first edition – had 3 spots this year.

Pennsylvania and Illinois were the only other states with multiple entries on our 2016 list, each appearing twice.

Aside from these four states, all other hospitals on this year’s list are the sole representatives of their states, making this edition the most diverse since the list began.

Less than half of this year’s hospitals were on last year’s list, while a slight majority of this year’s entries (including some of the top entries) were not part of our our previous edition.

As with last year’s list, the #1 hospital from the previous year is absent from our current list. (And this is the first year Texan hospitals are completely absent from the list.)

Ready to find out which facility you voted the most beautiful hospital in America for 2016?

Check out this year’s rankings…

  1. Pinnacle Health – West Shore, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

(1,240 votes) Making its way onto our list for the second time in a row, this 108-bed, acute care, full service hospital is located in a wooded setting with walking trails and a healing garden with contemporary landscaping.

  1. Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, West Bloomfield, Michigan

(1,253 votes) Recently featured on CBS This Morning, some hospitals have trees indoors, but this facility – nestled in the heart of auto country – seems to have somehow managed to put an actual forest within its walls.

  1. HealthPark Medical Center, Fort Myers, Florida

(1,422 votes) With glass elevators, live piano performances, multi-colored accent lighting, trees and large plants anchoring the main floor, looking down to the lobby from even the 2nd floor of this facility feels like a view into the grand atrium of a cruise ship.

  1. Soin Medical Center, Beavercreek, Ohio

(1,711 votes) With a main lobby designed to fill the building with natural light, this hospital opened in 2012 featuring a three-story water wall including a cafe with views of the water wall or the outdoors with floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights.

  1. Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Johnson City, Tennessee

(2,008 votes) Landing on our list for the first time, the clean glass angles of this new hospital are built around a tree to symbolize the facility’s commitment to environmental stewardship serving this small Eastern Tennessee city of 65,000.

  1. Intermountain LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah

(2,193 votes) Founded in 1905 by the LDS Church, this 220-bed, elite, full-service community hospital serves northern Salt Lake City and surrounding counties.

In the heart of Utah’s most historic neighborhood, this modernized hospital is a magnificent blend of historic architecture and sophisticated technology, with carefully manicured gardens and breathtaking views of the Salt Lake Valley.

  1. PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend, Springfield, Oregon

(2,211 votes) Many patient rooms in this 388-bed regional medical center feature beautiful views from the bend of the Eugene/Springfield area’s McKenzie River.

The interior of this peaceful building includes multiple fireplaces, tall ceilings with skylights, and walking trails along the river.

  1. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, Illinois

(2,580 votes) The highlight of this facility is a warm-water therapy pool, surrounded by a glass ceiling and walls, overlooking a first-of-its-kind rain garden.

Back on the list after making our 2013 and 2009 rankings, the first of two Illinois entries on our 2016 list also features a delightful multi-level campus whose courtyards and walkways are as much fun to explore as they are to look at.

  1. Logan Regional Hospital, Logan, Utah

(2,949 votes) The second year on our list (and the only hospital to retain it’s previous year’s spot), this gorgeous facility in “America’s safest city” incorporates as much glass as possible to show off the real star of this property: views of the nearby Bear River Mountains (whose region it shares with our #4 hospital in this year’s list.)

  1. Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine, Florida

(3,091 votes) Established in 1889, this not-for-profit facility offers “Centers of Excellence” in bariatrics, heart, cancer, maternity, orthopedics and sinus.

The facility was included on list of America’s Best Hospitals in 2007 by U.S. News & World Report, and named by HealthGrades as one of America’s Best 50 Hospitals in 2011.

  1. Sioux Center Health, Sioux Center, Iowa

(3,666 votes) Opened in 2014, this 123,500-square foot facility was built using evidence-based design processes to create a new healing environment.

The goal of the building’s architecture was to connect staff and patients with nature and experience a “total healing environment.”

  1. Summit Pacific Medical Center, Elma, Washington

(4,214 votes) Built in 2012, this facility has been lauded for being “sleek without being cold” with rough stone tiles covering public areas, stylish recessed lighting, and warm-toned wood surfaces to give this modest 42,000-square-foot facility a welcoming feel.

  1. White Plains Hospital, White Plains, New York

(9,481 votes) Just 25 miles north of Manhattan, this 120-year-old facility recently underwent a $100 million-dollar upgrade-and-expansion that included a six-story tower with private rooms, updated operating rooms, larger cancer center, and a second cardiac catheterization lab as well as labor, delivery, and maternity units.

  1. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

(10,136 votes) Opened in 2009 and ranked 15th last year, highlights of this amazingly colorful facility include healing gardens that double as rainwater retaining systems, decorative floor features (such as mazes) a star-filled ceiling in the main atrium and massive video screens displaying movies and a variety of interactive elements.

  1. Norton Sound Regional Hospital, Nome, Alaska

(10,899 votes) Ranked 11th in our 2013 list, this 3-story, 36-bed $168 million-dollar facility serves a remote population of 10,000, including the city of Nome.

Surrounded by the untamed terrain of this beautiful state, this facility is three times larger than the 50-year-old hospital it replaces, allowing residents of outlying communities to receive modern healthcare without having to fly to a more advanced hospital.

  1. Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, New Jersey

(11,209 votes) Rising 13 spots from last year’s rankings, this 480-bed acute care facility has amazing water views from nearly all patient rooms, a free concierge service that will assist with personal errands, information requests, and even room service for both patients and guests.

In 2015/2016, Riverview received the highest ranking possible in several U.S. News & World Report regional hospital categories.

  1. Bear River Valley Hospital, Tremonton, Utah

(13,250 votes) Completed in 2009, this 44,319 square-foot, 16-bed hospital features state-of-the-art technology and services, designed to grow to meet the healthcare needs of this small community of 8,000 for at least the next half-century.

The architecture of the facility blends naturally in with the mountain-bordered box-maple-tree-strewn terrain near the area’s mighty Bear River.

  1. McKay-Dee Hospital Center, Ogden, Utah

(13,369 votes) Our 2014 winner comes in strong still this year, with a 3rd place finish – the highest of the four Utah hospitals on our 2016 list.

This is also the second year out of the last three that Utah has the highest number of hospitals in our rankings.

Built into a man-made lake and park during simultaneous construction, this is a hospital of beautiful symmetry within a park (or a park with its own hospital) landscaped against the backdrop of the state’s iconic Wasatch Mountains.

  1. Elmhurst Hospital, Elmhurst Illinois

(21,219 votes) This building’s stylish, unintimidating looks have more in-common with a contemporary hotel than most medical facilities.

Built from the ground up to incorporate the latest trends in healthcare design, our 2016 runner-up is enjoying its 5th year on our list (it was also the runner-up in 2013).

  1. Doctors Memorial Hospital, Bonifay, Florida

(38,978 votes) Celebrating its fourth year on our list, Northern Florida’s outstanding small hospital has ranked 6th and 3rd (twice) before taking the top spot this year.

While staying within the confines of a tight budget, a 2008 from-the-ground-up rebuild of its 1958 namesake resulted in an innovative design that doubled its previous square footage, reinforcing the importance of community health through a spirit of exploration, collaboration and creative design.

With a bold new look and completely electronic medical record system, Doctors Memorial is a winner of the Excellence in Construction Merit Award (Green Category: $10 – $25 million – Alabama ABC Chapter) and is the recipient of the National Gold Seal of Approval by the Joint Commission.

Now, the facility can also count itself as the most beautiful hospital in America for 2016. Congratulations to Soliant’s 2016 Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.! Nominate a hospital for Soliant’s Most Beautiful Hospitals in America – 2017 here.

Tera Rowland
Contributor Tera Rowland

Tera Rowland is the vice president of Soliant and has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for almost 20 years in public relations, social media, marketing and operations. In addition to Soliant, Tera worked at the Mayo Clinic as an internal communication manager and for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Staffing Association. Also, Tera has served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum as part of the communication committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Florida and has been published in the Huffington Post, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Traveler Magazine, and Scrubs Magazine. Make sure to read the rest of Tera's blogs!