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The 25 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the World

Hospital architecture and designs have transformed over time,  from the once sterile white walls and stark decor to vibrant colors and eye-catching materials on the interior and exterior. The elements in today’s best designs have been proven to improve patient care.

Depending on the type of building, tying in elements of style and flair may be harder than expected. Hospitals  are one type of building where functionality and design must go hand-in-hand. In developing this list of The 25 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the World, we considered interior and exterior features and their health-promoting qualities. Designs including warm woods and nature-inspired elements, soft color schemes, and exterior facades designed with regards to their natural settings placed these facilities on the list.

The most beautiful hospitals span the globe,  including facilities in the United States, Austria, Thailand, Panama, Switzerland, China, and others – evidence that health-focused design has no boundaries.

Here are the 25 most beautiful hospitals in the world:

25. Forest Park Medical Center

ForestPark

Hospital:
Location :
Forest Park Medical Center
Dallas, TX, USA
Size:
Website :
84 beds
Link

Recently expanded, the Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas offers many upgraded, state-of-the-art amenities and a beautiful design. In addition to the added 14 operating rooms, 48 private patient beds and 12 ICU beds, the expansion also includes a Class A, 6-story, 130,000-square-foot medical office building. The interior includes spaces with auditorium-style seating, modern lounge areas, floor to ceiling glass walls, and cool tones to give the building a modern feel. Patient rooms are warm and comfortable, utilizing elements like hardwood floors, large windows, and sleek finishes to make a patient’s stay more like a luxury retreat than a recovery period. The modern design flows out to the exterior, where there are areas for drive-thru banking, restaurants, pharmacy and other retail opportunities to make this more than just a hospital.

24. Sumner Regional Medical Center

Hospital:
Location :
Sumner Regional Medical Center
Gallatin, TN, USA
Size:
Website :
155 beds
Link

This 155-bed hospital is attractive to the eye on the inside and on the outside. The interior is finished with comfortable leather lounging chairs, marble accents, and entertainment-style televisions to allow patients and their visitors to feel at home. With careful consideration to the use of glass walls, the hospital also keeps a warm and inviting environment by their balance between natural and artificial light. On the exterior, a high glass tower takes center stage and is surrounded by a mix of glass and other warm materials. Lush landscaping completes the design, and is tended to by a in-house landscaping and maintenance staff.

23. Rudolfinerhaus

Rudolfinerhaus

Hospital:
Location :
Rudolfinerhaus
Vienna, Austria
Size:
Website :
156 beds
Link

This hospital is set in a quiet residential neighborhood, and its architectural design fits in perfectly with the surrounding buildings and homes. The exterior landscape complements the design, with lush and tended-to greens and shrubbery that invite patients and guests to spend free time outdoors. With the feel of a luxury hotel on the interior, patients can experience a peaceful and relaxing recovery time, and often remark that they feel more like a “guest” than a patient. Rudolfinerhaus has over 100 stylishly furnished private and semi-private rooms, with a total of 156 beds in 7 care units.

22. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

Hospital:
Location :
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
Roanoke, VA, USA
Size:
Website :
703 beds
Link

A mix of new and old architecture comes together at this hospital so that visitors will not notice a stark change in design, only a uniform and flowing expansion that unifies functionality and operations. The interior features many of the amenities of similar hospitals, like semi-private and private rooms, housekeeping, and more, but the real attraction to CRMH comes with its exterior design. One side of the hospital uses brick and concrete to frame the windows of patient rooms while a new, modern expansion utilizes walls of glass as the main design element on its curved facade.

21. Hospital Punta Pacifica

Hospital:
Location :
Hospital Punta Pacifica
Panama City, Panama
Size:
Website :
80 beds
Link

Affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International, this hospital has been recognized as one of Central and South America’s most advanced medical centers and is a top destination for Medical Tourism. Facilities include 51 modern and private rooms, 11 suites and 1 presidential suite, all specially designed to promote and enhance rapid recovery. The setting of the hospital adds to its appeal, as it sits along the Pacific Ocean in one of Panama City’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Light and dark contrasting materials allow the eye to be pulled in to its horizontal exterior design, where glass and concrete come together to create beauty near the sea.

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  • http://www.ispsc.edu.ph Rafael B. Querubin

    It’s really wonderful to know that there are great hospitals in the world. For a very small country like the PHILIPPINES landing in the top 25, actually rank 11 is a great, topping other big and developing countries! Whoever thought of this, whatever organizations doing this ranking, Congratulations for a job well done. You’re directing sick patients where to go to receive the best medical attention and that again as a Filipino, I am proud for St. Luke’s Hospital Global City! I congratulate and am happy for the management and working staff of this hospital! My daughter Mae Rochelle works there as a Kidney Transplant Coordinator, a nurse!

  • letty

    Beautiful Hospitals!!

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  • Gay Lucille Hendricks

    Thank you for these beautiful views… now many can rest in peace, harmony and beauty not feeling as bad as the really are… I see my cousin is working in a beautiful environment!! So happy..

  • http://noypistuff.blogspot.com/ Noypi

    Great reviews. I would love to work in one of those hospitals someday. :D

  • http://www.thedrealife.me deborah bernardo

    I’m glad St Luke’s Medical Center is in the list because I’m connected with it but I think it’s great the makers of Florida Waterman Hospital took the birds’ welfare as a major consideration.

  • Karen Gay Armado

    I’m from St. Luke’s Medical Center :) WE LOVE LIFE!

  • http://www.ssp.co.id Rommel E. Baclig

    Congratulations to SLMC. I’m so proud to read this, coz I learned that the Project Managers during its construction were my former colleagues from SPCastro,Inc. Congratulations guys. During my trip to Manila from Jakarta July of 2011, I had a chance to chat w/ some of PAL’s fellow passengers, I was surprised to know that some of them are Medical Tourist who had scheduled Med. Chek-up at SLMC. One of my questions to them, is why not in Singapore…and the answer is, going to Manila is better in terms of cost, quality,service and it is almost like Jakarta…

  • stan

    good to know that phil.have one good hospital , looking the photos look great with the ghostly white lights. but it still look like it belongs to a third world country. the interior is trying hard to feel like it,s a serviced apartment or a cheap hotel. the exterior style is dated , 7o’s architecture, don’t know if it looks good by day. sorry guys the service and doctors might be superb but the building isn’t.

  • Daisy D. Diaz

    I am proud to work in the # 2 most beautiful hospital in the world. But, I am even prouder that my country Philippines housed one of the most beautiful hospital in the world. It is comforting that if something happens to me and my family when we are vacationing in my native land, we have somewhere to go where we can get the best of care.

  • Boy Villanueva

    I was involved in the construction of the St. Lukes Medical Center, being the Engineering Manager of the Joint Venture of Makati Development Corporation and First Balfour. Its a good learning experience building a monumental structure like this completed project.

  • http://www.fhwat.org jean arnold

    I am so proud to be working at one of ‘the most beautiful hospitals in the world.’ I love the wonderful photos of all of the hospitals — what beauty and architecture they have that makes them unique!

  • engr.Tom de castro

    yes,its beautifully and functionaly design.Its interior and exterior are
    well design. Maybe its because the designer belongs to the clan of architecs,engineers,and interior designers.

  • Nanette Hardig

    It is truley a pleasure to work in a hospital that is ranked #4 out of 25. Alot of dedication and love goes into the landscape and the care of the hospital itself.
    and kudos to the other 24 for being chosen and to sharing with the rest of us your glorious hospitals.

  • Diana

    I work at Florida Hospital Waterman (#4) and it is as wonderful a place to work as it is to be a patient! It is definitely a beautiful facility!!

  • http://jongsp.blogspot.com/ Jong San Pedro

    Congratulations to us all in St. Luke’s! Congratulations to us all Filipinos across the globe!!! Be proud. I am glad to be part of the St. Luke’s family.

  • Nicole

    Proud to be employed at number 4!

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  • http://www.stlukesmedicalcenter.com.ph/ We Love Life!

    I’m proud being an employee of St Luke’s Medical Center.

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  • dulexsidlex

    ALTHOUGH I’M PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO, I FIND IT RIDICULOUS RANKING ST. LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER-GLOBAL CITY AS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HOSPITALS IN THE WORLD. They should have surveyed the said area, knowing it is situated in the neighboring business district of Makati. The location isn’t ideal for attracting greater clientele and also, it is in the verge of bankruptcy. The said hospital just needs a little propaganda so they can reap rewards. Some of the vacant units or areas are closed due to low census of patients, to the point that they offer 50% discount of their services!!!

  • Agent ZERO

    Glad to be part of St. Luke’s Medical Center. Truly, it is one of the world’s best.

  • random

    to 1.dulexsidlex on Fri, 30th Mar 2012 10:15 am

    please read

    “In developing this list of The 25 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the World, we considered interior and exterior features and their health-promoting qualities”

    your comment is irrelevant…

  • hskwok

    The Matilda International Hospital at #3!!!

  • john jake

    WOW!!! PHILIPPINES landing the top 25 is very surprising. hope some hospitals will follow. that is a true spirit for us filipinos. another pride!! :) congratulations!! mabuhay PILIPINAS!!!

  • Alan Peter P Lumpias

    More good news please ! Like…

  • john jake

    philippines astound the world for the nth time. (without being boastful) ehehheh. after the miss universe, miss world, azkals, jessica sanchez and many more. now this recognition is another astounding moment for the phlippines! :)

  • Pnx2012

    I had worked for many years in SLMC, but I’m not proud of this “achievement”. So what if it’s one of the “most beautiful”? Does that equate to “best patient care services”? There are other far better hospitals in Manila or in the rest of the Philippines for that matter. They may not have the well-manicured grounds or grand lobby to show, but they make up for good healthcare services that don’t leave their patients’ families penniless. I think that’s what’s more significant to most patients…it’s their quality of life after they have been hospitalized and not whether the hospital concierge looks like a 5-star hotel.

  • Wilson

    Only the Beautiful only, the important is the service,technology and what we are specialize in.

  • bojo

    hospitals for rich peaople so sad :(

  • krizia

    Nice one SLMC ! I’m proud that one of the hospitals here in the Philippines is considered one of the best hospitals … It’s a nice thing. But I am also sad because there are still a lot of hospitals here in the Philippines that needs more improvement. I really hope after 10-20 years, more and more hospitals here would improve so that quality care would be given to all the Filipino people, irregardless of their financial status.

  • http://www.thecityhospital.com Kai Castro

    Proud to be employee of The City Hospital (rank as #5)… And Being A Filipino working here abroad, I am even much prouder knowing that St. Luke Medical Center in the Philippines was recognized as one of Most Beautiful Hospitals in the World. I Salute and Congratulate the rest of the Hospitals who made it! and MABUHAY!!!

    • marketing

      Kai, congratulations on being part of such a great team!

  • http://facebook Randy Cubillo

    I underwent brain surgery for biopsy at another Medical Center, the experienced was woozy. It took several hours before I was able to open my eyes and I felt so tired. Because Doctors in Cardinal Santos refused to do further surgery for me to remove the tumour completely, I decided to go to ST. LUKES Global and there I found the miracle. I felt like I was in the Western Hemisphere when you go inside the edifice, and the Doctors are fantastic and highly trained. Right after surgery, I was already awake, I knew then that I was being put in the recovery room or ICU. The experience was far more better than Cardinal Santos Medical Center. It is really one of the WORLD’s best hospital. The cost is comparable to others, sometimes lesser. The people, the doctors, nurses are so professional. I pray to God for St. Lukes Hospital to be the best hospital ever.

    • marketing

      Randy, glad you had a positive experience at St. Luke’s. It’s great to hear that they have an outstanding staff as well as a beautiful hospital!

  • Richard Jumawan

    It’s great!! SLMC-BGC is in 11th place. I was part of the Makati Development Corporation-First Balfour Joint Venture team that constructed the SLMC-BGC.
    John Porter; Noel Yu; Nelson Cartagena; Tony Legaspi; Benji Natividad; Boy Villanueva. Guys, job well done!

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  • Ronald Springel MD

    Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, CAN certainly deserve’s mention!

    • marketing

      Ronald, thanks for your suggestion. We’re always on the lookout for new hospitals for our upcoming Best lists.

  • Kiran

    Have you checked Aga Khan University, Hospital in Pakistan? You might want to check that out. I think you missed that in your list.

    • marketing

      Kiran, thanks for the suggestion. We will keep that in consideration for our next Best list!

  • http://www.dixieregional.org Terri

    Dixie Regional is a gorgeous hospital campus — inside and out. The grounds are xeriscaped with beautiful desert plants and the interior design and art provide a healing escape for patients and their families. The hospital’s best features, though, are the compassionate people who work here. It’s a warm friendly place to receive care.

    • marketing

      Terri, thank you for leaving your comment. Dixie Regional is definitely a gorgeous campus and it’s wonderful to hear that the beauty is reflected in its staff as well!

  • http://www.zgf.com Karl Sonnenberg

    The design credits for #15 Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, Vancouver, Washington and #18 Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage are incorrect.
    ZGF Architects, LLP designed both.
    On the Legacy Project, Walker Macy was the landscape architect consultant that worked with client and us. Doug Macy was not contacted for verification of the design credits.
    Providence Alaska Project described in Text is designed by ZGF in association with Architects Alaska as was the previous hospital expansion. The listed firm is not involved in the current or prior expansion project.
    It has been a privilege to work with these two outstanding clients and I wanted to set the record straight.

    • marketing

      Karl,
      Thank you for pointing out those corrections. It was quite difficult to find the designers for all of the hospitals listed, and to ensure the accuracy of the listings, so we have updated the article to remove the designers from the list.

      Thank you again for your comment and congratulations on being a part of the team at ZGF!

  • Becky

    I am a proud employee of Dixie Regional Medical Center. One photo does not do this gorgeous campus justice! The beauty of the structure is only surpassed by the caring of the staff and excellent clinical care.

  • Linda del Rosario

    I am so happy that my daughter worked in one of the most beautiful hospitals in the world (#4). I am also very proud of SLMC being a Filipino. Our doctors, nurses and all medical staff including the clerical staffs are all very hospitable and take
    care of their patients with love. They are also the best in the world. Mabuhay!!!!

  • Gaby Ulate

    I am very proud to have TWO hospitals here in our wonderful florida. I work at Florida Hospital and I live in Orlando. Not only is Florida Hospital Waterman beautiful, but I know our patients get great care. My friends and family have had their babies at Winnie Palmer and it is indeed a wonderful place to give birth at. I love the way the rooms are set up in a circular motion with the nurses stations in the middle. AND its soooo quiet! you never would know when the baby is crying. I was visiting my friend Vanessa and I wasnt until we opened the door and walked in past here small lobby area inside her bedroom that we heard the baby.

  • Mummariha

    Agree w/ random. The ranking was based on its architecture and design , the structure’s beauty not the quality or cost of services . It was actually a pat on the back for the designers / artists . But for those who work in SLMC , congratulations and may the hospital’s beauty translate to all your eagerness to provide quality care too.

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  • http://www.aku.edu raees ahmed

    a wonderful initiative! would invite visiting Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, it will certainly find the place in the list.

  • francine

    In response to : bojo on Sun, 1st Apr 2012 2:23 am
    “hospitals for rich peaople so sad”
    I work for #22 and have for 10 years. You are so totally wrong. We are not for profit and take people regardless of their ability to pay. Everyone gets the same care no matter if they are homeless or a multimillionaire. I’m sure some of the other hospitals do the same also.

  • https://www.facebook.com/shirleymeimiupascual822 Shirley Mei Miu Pascual

    WOW!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS to “Matilda International Hospital – Hong Kong, China” landed as #3 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the World!

    Keep it up with its standard & reputation!

  • Jim

    Great to see Alaska on the list of the TOP 25!

  • mareluz

    Congratulations to all ARCHITECTS and INTERIOR DESIGNERS of these hospitals!!!!!

  • eyasu haile

    I wish those very nice attracting Hospitals in all countries to save human beings…i wish i will be in one of those Hospitals

  • Tami

    Proud to work in the system of the #2 ranked hospital HFWBF.

  • https://plus.google.com/111129336367169100657/posts Steven

    Please give credit to the photographers. #12 – Winnie Palmer is my photo.
    Link to one of my accounts in the article please.

    Google+ – https://plus.google.com/111129336367169100657/posts
    Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/fancybiscuits/3811047143/in/photostream

    Thank you
    Steven Verlander

  • http://none James Scott

    What beautiful hospitals these are, I never knew there were so many wonderful places to go when you’re sick. It almost makes one want to be sick just to get there and maybe spend a night or two. (Outstanding)…

  • Pacita V.Tirona

    I am proud to be a Filipino. SLMC landing at the top 25 Hospitals and is No.11.
    It is really beautiful.

  • http://none James Scott

    I enjoy viewing all of the beautiful hospitals displayed. It’s nice to know so much attention has been dedicated to the charm and well being of design and color. Just to be honest, I would not try to get ill just to allow myself a visit, I think I’d just come in and take a stroll through any one of them…

  • http://none James Scott

    Very beautiful and gorgeous hospitals, all of them…

  • Carol Taylor

    So happy our hospital made it to #2!! My signature is on the last girder that was installed during the construction. Very proud!

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  • Jason

    Hi!

    How about hospitals in Singapore? Like the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Orchard?

  • mary

    proud to be working at the most #1 beautiful hospital….AGAIN….and still reigning!!!!

  • Fake Nomin

    The exteriors of the hospitals pictured are very beautiful. I think what people hate about hospitals’ designs are the ugly pastels, beige plastics, and forbidding, giant, heavy doors that they experience in the individual patients’ rooms. Are the rooms in these beautifully-exteriored hospitals similarly beautiful? The text blurbs mention warm woods and other comforting touches; I would love to see what human-centric interior design has been able to accomplish in the area of hospital patient room design. Otherwise the article was very informative and inspiring!!

  • mujtaba soomro

    the listing is good but there is an another unknown contender that is, aga khan university hospital(akuh)

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    Muhammad…the true prophet..!..Yes..!!!

  • Ilgar

    Baku Health Centre, Azerbaijan, 550 beds

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