18 U.S. hospitals named most architecturally impressive in the world

Some of America's hospitals are the most eye-pleasing, comfort-focused hospitals on the planet, according to Online Masters in Public Health.

Thirty hospitals--18 of them from the United States--made the list of the Most Architecturally Impressive Hospitals in the World, with the Outpatient Tower at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas (pictured top right) coming in at No.1. The seven-story, $800 million facility was designed by Texas-based FKP Architects.

Other hospitals in the U.S. ranked as follows:

2. South Tower Expansion for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills, Calif. (pictured middle right)

3. Children's Hospital in Orange County, California (pictured bottom right)

4. Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Fontana, Calif.

7. Harlem Hospital, New York, N.Y.

8. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center, Franklin, Wis.

10. Union Hospital Health System Replacement Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind.

11. Florida Waterman Hospital, Tavares, Fla.

13. Southwest Washington Medical Center, Washington

15. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, Calif.

16. Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare, Tampa, Fla.

20. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Va.

21. Banner Gateway Medical Center, Gilbert, Ariz.

23. Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, West Bloomfield, Mich.

24. Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, East Norriton, Pa.

27. Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, Birmingham, Ala.

29. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

30. Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Children, Orlando, Fla.

Factored into the rankings were originality, aesthetics, patient comfort and engineering sophistication, according to an announcement from the (Charleston, W. Va.) State Journal. Twelve other hospitals from countries such as Scotland and South Korea were also featured on the list. 

"All of these hospital structures were built with the importance of aesthetics and patient environment at the forefront but are quite varied in their approach with architecture ranging in taste from simple, clean lines to elaborate works of art," said researcher David Krug, who compiled the list.

To learn more:
- check out the complete list
- here's the announcement