I love hospitals.
Yes, that sounds weird but there's something about the hustle and bustle, the endless corridors, the 24 hour schedules that I love. Heck, I don't even mind that "hospital smell" which, if you exclude 'ass', is mostly due to a cleaner called Beaucoup that you can order for your very own use should you want to bring that 'hospital fresh' scent home with you !
Part of this love has to do with the fact that I spent a lot of time in a hospital when I was young. I nearly lost a finger and had to return often for physio and decided to volunteer while I was there. My volunteer term lasted about six years ! Also, my first job out of uni was as a staffer for the volunteer department and THAT lasted another six years !
Hospitals aren't all misery and bustle. Some have lovely, peaceful places in them.
If you're at the St. Boniface General Hospital, be sure to check out the Buhler Gallery which opened in September 2007 after a grant from John and Bonnie Buhler.
It's 1400 square feet of great space. You could be in any art gallery in the city except, of course, that this is located in what was the front entrance of the hospital. The building is c.1914.
It's on the main floor, turn right after you enter the new main entrance. (Photos not allowed !)
Another great place is the Misericordia Hospital Chapel, completed in 1907.
Quite beautiful and serene and it is in very good condition. I actually thought that it had some sort of heritage designation but cannot see it listed anywhere.Internal signage is poor. It's on the second floor of the original (c.1906) Sherbrook Street building. Check it out soon, though, because that whole wing is slated for demolition when phase 2 of their redevelopment begins in the next year or two.
For More Misericordia Chapel pics.
Calm places in Busy Hospitals - part two