Trés bien! Wine bar com­ing to French hos­pi­tal

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

lf you fig­ured a French hos­pi­tal would be the nat­u­ral place for a wine bar, you’d be right.

Cler­mont-Fer­rand Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, about 260 miles south of Paris, plans to open a wine bar this month for ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients in its pal­lia­tive-care cen­ter. Fam­ily and friends can also join pa­tients for a glass in what many are call­ing a firstof-its-kind bar. It’s only fit­ting for a Gal­lic hos­pi­tal, since France is one of the world’s largest wine pro­duc­ers.

Vir­ginie Guastella, head of the hos­pi­tal’s pal­lia­tive-care cen­ter, told Agence FrancePresse the bar’s ul­ti­mate goal is to cheer up pa­tients who are strug­gling with a lifethreat­en­ing dis­ease, and also to help families share in a jovial event in an oth­er­wise ster­ile set­ting. “It’s a lit­tle de­tail, but it can make all the dif­fer­ence,” she said.

Not a fan of chardon­nay or caber­net sauvi­gnon? No wor­ries. Wine won’t be the only op­tion for pa­tients and fam­ily mem­bers. Beer, Cham­pagne and whiskey will also be avail­able.

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