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What was old is new again

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | September 16, 2015
Hospital de la Santa Creu
i Sant Pau
Today in Barcelona I visited the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

The hospital has a rich history going back to the early 15th century when six small medieval hospitals came together as one.

The Old Hospital de la Santa Creu is still standing near the center of Barcelona, but today it houses an art school and two public libraries.

In the early 20th century it relocated to its current location. That was when i Sant Pau was added to the end — a tribute to a banker named Pau Gil who funded the relocation.

The "new" hospital was built with parks surrounding it in the belief that fresh air and a pleasant atmosphere would help patients in their recovery.

The hospital closed in 2009, but it seems to me that this philosophy to embrace natural settings is making a comeback.

Prouty Garden at Children’s Hospital in Boston has adopted this attitude in their design and I have seen this at Shands Hospital as well.

It is interesting how that idea fell out of favor but now what was old is new again.

When you think about it it makes good sense.

My next stop is Greece, I hope to report more when I get there.

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About Phil Jacobus

Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.

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