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Debasmita Ghosh, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 19, 2013
It's not uncommon to find a temple, a meditation centre or even a snack corner in a hospital. But how about a full-fledged movie theatre or a plush restaurant whipping up Chinese or Italian fare? While the Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon, launched a 36-seater movie theatre inside their premises yesterday to screen free film shows for those who accompany patients, the plush restaurants at Apollo Hospital's Jasola branch and Columbia Asia have already gained popularity with guests.

While many disapprove of such extravaganza in a hospitals, authorities say it's not show off but an attempt to de-stress the care-giver because often, the family's stress and gets transferred to the patient, which tends to hamper their recovery process. "During long surgeries, the stressed attendants of the patient don't want to leave the premises, and at that time, watching a movie or having some good food without having to step out can be a positive distraction," says Dilpreet Brar, regional director of FMRI that has in its premises a shopping arcade, a bakery and a host of fast food outlets too. What's more, the sprawling Columbia Café at the Columbia Asia Hospital holds cooking classes and food festivals regularly. "Not just patient's families, even customers from the neighbourhood come in for a meal at our café," says Madhur Varma, area general manager. At Whole Food, the multi-cuisine eatery at Apollo Hospital, you can dig into a range of healthy and tasty Italian and European delicacies. "We want to enhance the overall experience beyond medical care," says a hospital spokesperson.