According to this article by Nelson Belen, a contributor to the Rio Times, Copa Star is a new luxury private hospital located in the heart of Copacabana. It one of many hospitals which are part of the D’Or network of hospitals, which are owned by Jorge Moll, President of the D’Or Institute. Moll has said that the objective of the new state-of-the-art building is to create a new standard for the modern hospital. Copa Star is said to specialize in cardiology and neurology, and has hopes to surpass some of Brazil’s top facilities, such as Albert Einstein Hospital and Sírio-Libanês in São Paulo.
The R$400 million-dollar hospital spans 21,000 square meters, has nine operating rooms, 155 patient suites, and 59 Intensive Care Units (ICUs). The architecture of the building allows light to radiate so as to avoid the traditional sanitized hospital atmosphere, and works of art by Japanese artist Yutaka Toyota are present throughout the facility. In addition, the lobby features a grand piano, sofas, and a restaurant with a menu designed by Sofitell head chef, Roland Villard.
Hospital Copa Star also boasts having state-of-the-art equipment such as a neurosurgery facility with MRI and diagnostic systems, robotics, and smart operating rooms and patient areas. In addition, the ICU’s have been equipped with a novelty which allows patients to connect with the outside world through the medium of video technology. Paulo Niemeyer, a neurosurgeon who helped design Copa Star’s ICU, has stated that patients who are isolated can develop what is called confinement syndrome, which distorts a person’s senses, especially their sense of time. The plethora of cameras which overlook the street, the ocean, and the beach, are meant to serve as a window to the outside world.
The hospital staff tops out at 550 personnel, which includes doctors, nurses, and support personnel. Registered nurses undergo two months of special training designed to prepare them for a range of different situations, from how to deal with patients on a daily basis, to handling more serious life-threatening situations. Some of the training includes scenarios which are simulated by professional actors. According to D’Or representatives, the group has plans to open more Copa Star hospitals in São Paulo and Brasilia. Visit their profile page on facebook.com.