Spa Hospital

A warm welcome with cookies is just one of many free "Spa-at-the-Bedside" services offered at Sharp Coronado Hospital.

Licensed massage therapist Sydney Rapscot says east meets western medicine to give patients the best of both worlds.

The benefits go beyond patients and the staff. Visitors are welcome 24 hours a day and family members who want to stay, they can do so in hotel like accommodations complete with a view.

Prescribed aromatherapy? Skeptical doctors became supportive after research showed patients with spa therapy had become faster recovery and went home days sooner than non-spa patients. But, who would want to leave with tasty treatment like this.

Despite the nursing shortage and budget cuts, hospital officials say they haven't had problems funding the free spa programs and expect to expand services soon.