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Why is a hospital's new cover photo on Facebook a revolution in Slovak health care?

Workers of the FD Roosevelt Faculty Hospital in Banská Bystrica, one of the largest health care facilities in SlovakiaWorkers of the FD Roosevelt Faculty Hospital in Banská Bystrica, one of the largest health care facilities in Slovakia (Source: F. D. Roosevelt Hospital)

Last week, the FD Roosevelt Faculty Hospital in Banská Bystrica, one of the largest health care facilities in Slovakia, changed its cover photo on Facebook. A group photo of personnel - nurses, doctors, lab technicians-replaced a picture of some modern piece of equipment. It’s a small revolution. Not only because this state-run hospital is the largest employer in the region (as shocking as it may sound) but also because it breaks Slovaks’ obsession of representing a hospital either through some CT scanner or more recently angiography equipment or at the opposite extreme, with rundown buildings.

By the way, FD Roosevelt hospital has been using a robot to help perform surgery for about seven years already.

That group photo is revolutionary in its normality, too.

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