The Copa Star hospital brings five-star resort hospitality to the corner of Joseph Bloch and Figueiredo de Magalhães in Rio’s Copacabana district. For a long time, anyone wanting a luxury, high-tech hospital experience had to fly to Sao Paolo or out of Brazil altogether, but now it is available in Rio too.
The Copa Star focuses on providing an integrated, high-tech medical experience to all of its patients. It added a ‘Smart Hospital’ grid that an inpatients’ iPad (given them during their hospital stay) can utilize to access treatment information, move the automated bed up or down, communicate with doctors and nurses, and change the lighting and the curtains at need. That increases a patient’s independence even while recovering or ill in the hospital, and makes the entire stay much more comfortable.
The hospital opened in the later months of 2016, after a three year, R400 million investment. Inside, the walls are lined with Japanese artwork and an air freshening system to reduce the stereotypical hospital smell. In total, the hospital spans seven floors and 21 thousand square meters.
Jorge Moll, the cardiologist, founder and president of the Rede D’Or São Luiz hospital which built the Copa Star, said that the new hospital was created as an alternative to leaving Rio for high end medical care. The Copa Star hospital will be able to handle specialized surgeries and bring a higher quality of care than is currently seen at many other Rio hospitals.
Among the amenities, patients will have surgeries done in smart surgical rooms, and have access to robotic medicine, MRI equipment, and new advances in telemedicine. The equipment used at the Hospital Copa Star will be up to international standards, and the goal is to see that benefiting patients, families, and doctors from day one.
In addition to the high end technology present for patients, the hospital also is bringing in top doctors and specialists. They trained for two months prior to the hospital opening, with actors brought in to play the roles of patients. That way, they could be prepared for almost any scenario they can think of, and be able to respond appropriately for the real patients. The training covered everything from the clothing that the doctors wore to their bedside manner and approach. Visit their profile page on facebook.com.
It was a very successful training session, and many of the doctors were pleased with what they learned. Rede D’Or São Luiz plans on bringing that same training system to other hospitals in their network.
The Hospital Copa Star will accept many types of patients. Cash payments can be made by some patients, but those who cannot pay cash will be able to use health insurance plans to pay for care.