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      Silence is golden at one Heartland hospital

      Quiet time helps patients relax and recuperate faster.
      Walking through the halls of Scotland County Hospital between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m. you might notice a calmness not typically found in many hospitals.

      "It just seems more sullen and serene during that time period," said Director of Nursing Carla Cook.

      That's because they've implemented a new quiet time policy that's taking hospitals across the nation by storm.

      "It's just been a general, kind of a buzz word throughout the nation, so we that's why we decided you know let's get back to the basics and employ this wonderful idea," said Cook.

      The lights are turned down, doors are shut, and televisions turned off, all so patients can get the rest they need to fully recover.

      "Well I just think it truly gives them the time to have the true quiet time. Peace while you're here in the hospital, like I said you don't realize how noisy it is in the facility, it's just that time to really allow them to sleep," said Cook.

      Visitors are still allowed, and nurses continue with business as usual, but the patients just focus on relaxing and enjoying the quiet.

      "Patient satisfaction results are going up because of the quietness in the hospitals," said Cook.

      And although some noises can't be completely contained, the quiet footsteps and calm atmosphere is enough to help anyone start feeling better.