The Hello Kitty Hospital

Jill Harness

Hello Kitty may be a little bit of a trend in America, but in Asia, it's a lifestyle. There have been Hello Kitty weddings and hotels before, but did you know kitty-obsessed mothers can even give birth in Taiwan's Hello Kitty maternity hospital?

The three million dollar venture has been officially sanctioned by the character's parent company. Each bed sheet is branded with Hello Kitty, as are the nurses uniforms. In the lobby, a giant Kitty statue waits to greet guests. Twice a year people in character costumes come around and entertain guests.

The makers of the hospital are hoping the character will help reduce the stress of labor and bring in clientele.

"I wish that everyone who comes here, mothers who suffer while giving birth and children who suffer from an illness, can get medical care while seeing these kitties and that we can bring a smile to their faces, helping forget about discomfort and recover faster," said Tsai Tsung-chi, the director of the hospital.

Do you know of any other theme hospitals? If you were put in charge of starting one, what would be your theme?