WESLEY CHAPEL — Walls that change colors or show images of space aliens, fish or about 30 other themes. An MRI machine that lets patients see peaceful nature scenes, play music from their iPod and in some cases cuts the time to take images to mere seconds. A flat screen television that lets patients order food, see videos about their conditions or register compliments or complaints.
These are a few of the high-tech bells and whistles that the public will get to see when Florida Hospital unveils its new 83-bed medical center at an open house set for 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at the hospital on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
"We're the only hospital in the region that has this and the second in Florida," CEO Brian Adams said as he showed off the four emergency exam rooms dedicated to child patients. The entire ER has 18 rooms, with digital technology that allow patients to be checked in at bedside rather than a triage area or waiting room.
The changeable motifs are part of the Philips Ambient Experience, which provides soothing visuals and sounds that hospital officials say help promote healing.
For example, Adams said studies show children need less pain medicine when they can see soothing images or colors.
The ER also has a mobile X-ray machine and its own CT scanner for faster diagnosis.
"Instead of patients having to be moved to another room, it can come to them," he said of the X-ray machine.
The $150 million hospital also features a hybrid operating room that can be used for minimally invasive surgery or as an imaging suite.
"It's the first in the region and the second in the United States," Adams said. The room also is equipped with broadcasting capability so a doctor can turn a procedure into a training video.
The hospital, which has been planned for a decade and under construction nearly two years, is set to open in October.
Some of the other features include:
• All electronic medical records
• A themed interactive waiting room with video games and a 900-gallon aquarium in partnership with the Florida Aquarium.
• A bracelet with a bar code that allows nurses to check a patient's medicine — how much and when it should be given — to avoid errors.
• The GetWell Network, an in-room technology system that allows patients to research and watch videos regarding treatment and recovery. It also lets patients communicate with food services and send feedback. As hospital staff enter a room, it records who came in and how long they stayed so family members can monitor care.
• Sinks and soap dispensers that record when they were used so handwashing can be recorded.
• Mobile fetal monitoring so mothers who want to can move around during labor.
Visit www.FHWesleyChapel.org for information.