Distributed throughout the Western World are buildings that house-trained people employed in the medical profession. Their original design was commendable, their goal was applaudable, and their accomplishments were meritorious. However, something got lost over time. Started in the 5th century, religious orders built additions to monasteries for feeding widows and orphans, housing the homeless, clothing the poor, and taking care of the sick. In the early 1800’s, the French government built hospitals for the specific goal of treating its wounded soldiers and later, these institutions became training facilities for educating medical professionals. The religious charities slowly sold off its interests and big businesses moved in to make these profitable institutions. They sought prestige and notoriety by including expensive and lavishly designed architecture that did nothing for patient’s care. The expensive designs were there only to fluff up the tradesmen’s (physicians) egos and tried to portray excellence through exuberance. The recent viral scare of early 2020 created working hospitals in warehouse type structures in as little as 15 days of around the clock construction. The palaces of professionalism placed on million-dollar grounds that reach for the sky with 6 story atriums leads to runaway costs that have to be supplemented with ‘mandated’ tests, unnecessary surgeries, and patients tethered to medical equipment, chugging out an astronomical rental fee. With all these medical students expecting a mid-6 figure income for full time employment, procedures are dispensed like tap beer at a county fair. Internally, the staff sees waste, mismanagement, and gross negligence, but greed does not bite the hand that feeds it. Hospitals need to go back to the basics, just like an auto repair garage. Find the problem and fix it. A fair mechanic never goes hungry. Integrity and intelligence will direct them to send a dying vehicle off to the boneyard without new parts added. 

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