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America's 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals named

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center of Midlothian, Va., has been named America's Most Beautiful Hospital by a poll of visitors.

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Soliant Health, an Adecco Group company, is a leading provider of specialized healthcare staffing services to hospitals and healthcare providers. In its third year of the contest, the company has turned the top 20 picks over to America.

Click here to view a slideshow of all 20 of the Most Beautiful Hospitals for 2011

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, which opened in 2005 is a welcoming state-of-the-art facility that offers the latest in digital technology while embracing an architectural celebration of the American spirit. The building's peaceful gardens and paths provide a restful and contemplative environment for patients, families, staff and the community.

"We are honored to have been selected as America's Most Beautiful Hospital by Soliant's website visitors," said Peter J. Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia Health System. "St. Francis, like all Bon Secours hospitals, is designed to be a place of both physical and spiritual healing. The hospital and the grounds were designed to incorporate natural elements like natural light, running water and foliage to promote a sense of healing and reflection for patients and visitors as well as staff."

"There's no question that a hospital like Bon Secours St. Francis draws attention to the importance of a hospital's atmosphere," said David Alexander, president of Soliant Health. "When a hospital is designed with patient and staff needs in mind, the healing process can take place with improved morale and efficiency for staff members."

Officials said there was stiff competition from a number of amazing hospitals this year.

The top twenty list :

1. Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Va.

2. Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital in Montevideo, Minn.

3. Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, N.Y.

4. West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami, Fla. 

5. Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Ind.

 LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tenn.

7. The Elliot at River's Edge in Manchester, N.H.

8. UPMC Hamot Women's Hospital in Erie, Pa.

Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla. 

10. Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego

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11. McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden, U.T.

12. Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital in Vancouver, Wa.

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City, Nev.

14. Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.

Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas. 

16. Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, W. Va.

17. Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tenn.

18. Legacy Emanuel in Portland, Ore.

Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, Fla. 

20. Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, Mich.

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