I'm an architect, so sensitive to building environments. That said, I also expect a hospital to be squeaky clean, efficient, professionally staffed with well-trained personnel and sensitively and fairly managed. I also expect it to be navigable, with minimum resort to the confusing concessions to older construction with respect to floor level changes and other awkward transitions. The "theme" and spirit, or ethos, of the place need to be maintained consistently in all departments and sections of the facility as well. I should mention that I also spent two years as a young man working in an older hospital as an orderly. I recall being told that the reason I was paid so badly was because wages represented the greatest cost of care. My argument then was that medical personnel were the ones providing that care, and should be proportionally remunerated. I still think so.
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