When Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital opened its new 132-bed facility in Charlestown in 2013, it transitioned from a traditional hospital chapel to a modern interfaith meditation space. While the previous space had been converted from its original use as a conference room, the transition to a new hospital offered the unique chance to create a fresh design with the input of the spiritual care team.
The new space, a meditation room off of the main hospital entrance, was designed by architectural firm Perkins + Will. The room followed the principles of the new hospital’s design to transform patient centered rehabilitative care through inclusive design, dynamic uses of light and sustainable approaches. Using a minimalist approach, the meditation room includes only a few chairs, wavy glass, and a sculpture. The room is mostly used by visitors and staff for private meditation and quiet introspection. The sculpture, designed by Michael Guadagno, invokes nature imagery through the use of two types of marble. A community created quilt donated to Spaulding because of its role in treating 32 Boston Marathon bombing survivors welcomes people to the meditation room. The space, like the rest of the hospital is designed to be accessible to all people. The Spaulding Spiritual Care staff including Chaplains and Eucharistic ministers, provides support to the Spaulding Community based out of an office down the hall from the meditation room.
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