April 2, 2018 – Tranquility Room


Anchor lead: Can a calming space help healthcare workers do their jobs better? Elizabeth Tracey reports

Tranquility room is the name of a space at Johns Hopkins’ Sibley Memorial Hospital designed to help people in the healthcare environment be able to take a quick break to breath, regroup and return to their work refreshed. Harpreet Gujral, director of integrative health at Sibley, describes the space.

Gujral: There are three recliners in three pods and the fourth pod is a yoga mat with a meditation cushion. We have this very dim lighting. Someone can just walk in and experience the very calm, quiet, away from hospital environment. The sound, the sight is very relaxing so we can find our calm and respite in those few moments. They can recharge and come back to their shift and feel much more present. :31

Gujral says research clearly shows the benefits of such dedicated spaces for medical staff, noting that since the room opened in January about a thousand visits have been made. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.