Private Inpatient Rooms a Benefit to Experience and Outcomes
Private hospital rooms have long been considered a luxury by patients and health care employees alike. But research now shows that having a private room during a hospitalization is more than a nice perk…it can actually promote healing.
A recent article about Crozer-Keystone Health System, published in Philadelphia Magazine, cited research touting the many health benefits associated with private hospital rooms, including reduced medical errors, fewer falls, improved patient confidentiality and privacy, better quality of sleep and the ability to destress during an oftentimes stressful circumstance. It was this research, and community feedback, that led Crozer-Keystone’s Springfield Hospital, Springfield, Pa., to transition all patient rooms to private suites earlier this year.
“Patient experience is very important to us as a health system,” said Suzanne Smith, MEd, Senior System Experience Officer. “The team at Springfield Hospital recognizes the benefits of private rooms, so we’re glad to be able to provide our patients with an experience equal to that of a boutique hospital.”
All patient rooms at Springfield Hospital are beautifully decorated with light wood and serene colors to create a calming environment for patients. Additionally, every room includes free telephone and television so patients can be connected with their loved ones and the outside world while hospitalized.
For friends and loved ones visiting patients, Springfield Hospital joined Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital by adding valet parking. Self-parking is also available in an on-campus garage for those who prefer.
“These changes have been received with extreme appreciation by our patients, their physicians and the community,” said Smith. “In fact, many people have shared that the new room experience is well beyond their expectations.”
“Credit for the hospital’s upgrades goes to its president, Gwen Smith, who lives and breathes the Delaware County community and takes to heart feedback that everyone offers,” said Smith. “She is a leader with open eyes and a big heart.”