Yes, the best five star restaurant in town is in a hospital, the Copa Star. Operated by the D’Or network of hospitals, the Copa Star is the brainchild of Jorge Moll, the director of D’Or. It is very much unlike other hospitals. It’s not only the fact that the restaurant was designed by and world-renowned chef and offers gourmet meals. It’s the fact that when you enter the lobby, you are faced with stylish, plush sofas and a grand piano. There is artwork by Japan’s Yakuta Toyota throughout the hospital.
Luxury is the key word for Copa Star. Located on Copacabana beach at Rua Figueiredo de Magalhães, it is a five-story luxury hospital that caters to one and all, and is laden with luxurious accommodations.
The patient rooms are not just sterile hospital rooms. They are suites with accommodations for guests. The patient can operate and control the drapes, the temperature, the lighting, and many other aspects of the room from the bed with the use of an electronic tablet.
On that same tablet, the patient can talk with the staff, the nurses, and even video conference with the doctor. The doctor can, in turn, display the patient’s latest test results and converse with the patient though the tablet. This is quite a change from waiting for the doctor to visit.
There are 155 patient suites and 59 intensive care units. In intensive care, the patients are given a video portal to the outside world that they can control. They can view live scenes at the beach, in the corridors of the hospital, and on the street if they prefer. This is done so that the isolation of ICU is given a back seat to the patient’s desire not to be alone.
There are nine state of the art operating rooms with high tech robotic aids, MRI’s in the same room for ease of viewing the progress of the operation, and many other amenities for the doctor as well as the patient.
In building the hospital, a new method of construction was achieved due to the very small space for the large construction machinery. They developed a new standard in concrete construction that allows a fifty per cent savings in energy expenses compared to other buildings of the type.
Copa Star is just the beginning, says Jorge Moll. Rede D’Or plans to open similar hospitals in Sao Paulo and Brasilia as well. They already operate a number of hospitals in Brazil. But, alas, there is only one Copa Star to visit for now.
Eventually, Copa Star will concentrate on cardiology and neurology, but will still accept patients of all types — and those who just want a good meal at the five star restaurant.