Healing Environment & Design
Design details throughout the campus give subtle triggers that are both practical and sentimental. Arches found in the front entrance canopy, soffits, carpet and furniture are patterned after the old Hudson toll bridge, offering the comfort of familiarity. Bands of color delineate space to create a sense of flow and direction. Color choices also inspire calm or energy in particular rooms. Patient rooms are calming hues; the physical therapy area is bright red. The indirect lighting used in many areas of the campus is more pleasing, and more restful, for patients. Feng shui, Scandinavian design and other concepts were integrated to create a comprehensive healing environment.
Each person has unique needs for comfort and healing. Hudson Hospital & Clinic provides many options, including:
- Room service for patients and guests
- Healing touch
- Your favorite music during inpatient stays, surgery or procedures
Beauty and warmth embrace patients, families and staff through:
Gardens and labyrinth.
Against the backdrop of our surrounding woods, patients and families enjoy outdoor patios and benches while soaking up nature’s beauty in thoughtfully tended gardens and pathways. Stunning sculptures, handcrafted birdfeeders and gardens stand outside each patient’s window. Many find comfort in slowly walking the labyrinth as a method of prayer or contemplation.
The Hudson Hospital & Clinic community garden is one of the St. Croix County Community Health Improvement Process (CHIP) initiatives. It was created to address nutrition and physical activity health issues. The goal is to increase the number of community gardens in the county and expand participation within. Fresh, locally grown produce is harvested each year in the community gardens located on our campus. Community gardening involves exercise, collaboration, and education to ensure a healthy harvest – and supports both our community health initiative and eco-friendly sustainable journey.
Did you know community gardens are a:
• Retreat from noise and commotion
• Outlet for recreation and physical activity
• Means to improve your diet and consume more locally grown produce
• Way to reduce your family food budget
• Opportunity to connect socially with others
Learn more about our garden harvest.
Patients and visitors will also find comfort in the private patient rooms, large windows with a ledge for flowers and cards from loved ones, living room-like setting of the Winter Garden, with a fireplace, a low table for playing board games, a larger table for family discussions, and cozy furniture. Families can use a full, private kitchen, whether to make a pot of coffee or bake cookies. The meditation room is also available when people need a distraction-free, silent place for thought and prayer.
It begins at the front door, where staff and volunteers welcome each visitor. Children, in particular, find comfort and delight in the details of a sculpture fountain created just for them. Children are greeted with a penny and encouraged to make a wish before they toss the penny in the fountain. This is one example of the thousands of personal ways patients and visitors experience the kind of warm hospitality that reduces anxiety and helps people feel at home. The fresh-baked, still-warm cookies are always a nice touch, as well.