If you’re eating at a five star restaurant on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, you just might be inside one of the newest, most highly rated hospitals in Brazil, the Copa Star. The restaurant is just one aspect of a new series of hospitals that might be opened in Brazil in the near future.
The Copa Star’s luxury and unusual patient care and looks strike a person the minute they walk in. The lobby features a grand piano. There are pieces of artwork all over the hospital, and some of the nicest are in the lobby for guests to admire. One feels like you’re more in a luxury hotel than a hospital.
The patients don’t have rooms; they have suites of rooms. They control the temperature, the lighting, and even the drapes from their beds with a tablet interface. The same tablet can be used for contacting the doctors and actually receiving reports of tests and other information. The tablet serves as a means of communication with the doctors and the nurses as well.
The Intensive Care Unit has 59 rooms with video displays of the street outside, the beach, and corridors in the hospital. This is done so that the intensive care patient doesn’t feel so isolated from the rest of the world while in ICU. The isolation of an intensive care unit can be devastating to some patients, and this helps to alleviate that dismal feeling patients get while being alone and isolated from friends and family.
There are 55 patient suites, each of them a suite of rooms, sometimes for guests to stay with the patient for a while.
The hospital boasts state of the art operating rooms with robotic aids, and all of the necessary equipment to let the doctors know exactly how the patient is doing while being operated upon.
The hospital is operated by a company named D’Or, which has a number of hospitals in Brazil, and plans to open more Copa Stars in the near future, in Brasilia and Sao Paulo, according to Jorge Moll, who is the president of the D’Or Institute.