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Healthcare real estate is taking on a new look. In addition to incorporating homey, residential designs, new healthcare facilities are incorporating more natural elements with plants, natural shapes and water features. Known as biophilia, natural design elements can help to reduce stress and promote healing.

“Most of us appreciate how meaningful a connection to nature can be. Studies have indicated that it can help reduce stress, enhance concentration and boost job satisfaction,” Kellie Reed, director of healthcare at Tangram Interiors, tells GlobeSt.com. “So what can incorporating the “outside” into healthcare facilities accomplish? Positive effects can include distraction from the overall stress of undergoing a health issue, visiting the doctor or staying in the hospital as well as anxiety reduction, mood elevation and even pain management.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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