If it looks, feels, sounds like a hotel…it’s a hospital

A new hospital in the Henry Ford Health System has taken hotealthcare to the ultimate:

In addition to national-class clinical services, the 300-bed hospital is to offer amenities ranging from homelike private rooms with couches where relatives can sleep comfortably overnight to relaxing in-room whirlpool tubs for mothers in labor.

Wellness services include health coaches, holistic therapies and personal trainers — part of an emerging national trend to help people control or prevent chronic conditions that lead to expensive hospital stays.

But one of the hospital’s most innovative elements is its culinary program, which involves a trio of partners: prominent metro Detroit restaurateur Matt Prentice, the nationally known culinary department at Schoolcraft College in Livonia and Chef’s Garden, an elite organic farm in Ohio that sells exclusively to America’s most famous restaurants.

Here is the best part from System President and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Schlichting:

But those customer-oriented features and services won’t cost consumers more or raise health care costs.

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