INTRO: Medicine and nature work together to transform cancer and cardiac care.
Humans are hard-wired to seek out nature. We are biologically programmed to turn our faces toward a sliver of sun, linger in a cool breeze, or find shelter in the shade of a tree. In healthcare environments, maintaining a connection to nature is especially important because nature’s calming and rejuvenating benefits to patient well-being are well documented.
At the Thomas Comprehensive Care Center, daylight, fresh air, living plants, and landscaping were strategically combined with textures, patterns, and materials that echo nature. The result is a medical center that empowers people to feel uplifted and restored as they make the journey toward full and healthy lives.
The Thomas Center brings specialists and services for heart, imaging, and cancer care together in a facility that will also house the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care. Organized around an airy and light-filled central lobby, positions nature as a partner in the health and well-being of patients and staff.
Strategically sited to create a parklike setting, the Thomas Center prioritizes pedestrians over cars; it balances patient privacy with a natural light; and it provides ample public spaces, where people can find community and support through shared experiences.
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