Located in Rio de Janeiro, the Copa Star is a new type of hospital that combines high-quality medical care with a facility that feels like a five-star hotel. It was built by Rede D’Or São Luiz which has a number of hospitals in Brazil but this is their first luxury hospital. It was completed and open for business in October 2016.
The Copa Star was designed to take advantage of the latest in smart technology. Every patient is given an iPad that comes with customized apps. One of the apps allows patients to communicate via video with their doctors, including looking at their medical charts. They can also message their team of nurses with their requests for attention. Additionally, there is an app that allows them to access all of the smart technology built into their hospital suite. This includes raising and lowering the blinds, adjusting the lights, and changing the position of their bed. Read more at Apontador about the hospital.
Other technology incorporated into the hospital includes the latest cutting edge technologies in the three operating rooms in the Copa Star. The operating rooms have robotic assistants that help doctors perform surgeries that previously weren’t able to be done in Rio De Janeiro; instead, patients had to be flown to other cities for some operations that the Copa Star can perform.
The Intensive Care Center has screens that look like windows to the outside world. These screens show patients the famous Copacabana beach which lies just outside of the hospital. The screens are designed to keep patients as comfortable as possible and help them recover from their trauma. Another way the comfort of patients are looked after in the Hospital Copa Star is the olfactory system that is in the building. This olfactory system replaces the usual scent that hospitals are known for with a smell that is a mix of citrus and wood. Research has shown that pleasant smells can help patients recover more quickly.
Another touch of elegance in the Copa Star is the artwork featured throughout the building. Yutaka Toyota is a celebrated Japanese artist who makes his home in Brazil. H was commissioned for the Copa Star and it features 231 of his works of art that greatly increase the feel and warmness that the hospital exudes.
The staff of the Copa Star is every bit of a match for the luxury of the physical environment at the hospital. They are highly trained professionals that bring the highest standard of care to their patients. The staff also undergoes additional training beyond what regular staff does in order to treat patients in the unique way that the Copa Star does. The success of the Copa Star has inspired its leadership to continue the idea in other cities around Brazil.