Healthcare Finance News, Beth Jones Sanborn, July 9, 2018

Everything from private rooms down to motorized shades and acoustic panels are elements of design that cater to patient comfort and recovery.

When it comes to designing hospitals, the majority of the focus is understandably on the clinical side. Rebecca Donner, the founder and owner of Inner Design Studio, a healthcare interior design firm, has designed everything from ambulatory surgical centers to full-blown acute care hospitals, medical office buildings and cancer centers.

In the early 2000s, she said hospital competition ramped up as expectant mothers began shopping around more for where they would give birth, and so the focus honed in on labor and delivery units and how they could make them as welcoming and comfortable as possible.Then the trend moved to

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