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I am developing a software that requires users to enter hospital or clinic name. The software treats clinics and hospitals the same way. I wanted to know a single word that can be used for any medical institution.

Example use cases:

In forms:

Hospital/clinic name: ___________

In URL:

http://website.com/hospital/search

While I can use something like "Medical Facility" as blanket term for clinic, hospital, trauma center, nursing home, etc... I do not like it because:

  1. it's big.
  2. it has two words so URLs wouldn't look great http://website.com/medical_facility/search.

Thanks. By the way, 'no' is perfectly OK answer.

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Well I really like Medical Facility and cant see your point to make it with one word. After all your goal is to make it understandable for large group of people. –  speedyGonzales Feb 11 '13 at 7:28
    
yeah, we narrowed down to medical facility. It makes hard for savvy audience to directly type-in the page's URL as it contains an underscore (or not). But that will be pretty small group of people. OTOH, we could use clinic in url and Medical Facility everywhere else, but this conflicts with uniformity -- that an entity will always be referred by one name. Anyway, this is not a big deal. I was just looking for suggestions. Seems there ain't. Thanks for your time. –  Nishant Feb 11 '13 at 7:53
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"Medical center" is by far the most common phrase I hear used for this (American English speaker) - it sounds more natural than "medical facility" to me. –  alcas Feb 11 '13 at 8:04
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On a separate note. If you do decide on a two word solution, use a hyphen in the URL not an underscore: ecreativeim.com/blog/2011/03/… –  cowls Feb 11 '13 at 9:51
    
+1 @cowls ha ha, thanks for SEO hint. You see, why I was not liking two words: Was there an underscode, or may be a hyphen or perhaps just glued together. –  Nishant Feb 11 '13 at 10:09
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up vote 6 down vote accepted

In that case,'no'. :)

If you must use a single word (and I don't see why two words is bad here), I would just use facility. In the context of a medical applicaion, it would be just as clear as medical facility.

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It's not bad. It's just OK. See my comment on the question. –  Nishant Feb 11 '13 at 7:56
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I would just use Hospital:

Definition of HOSPITAL
1: a charitable institution for the needy, aged, infirm, or young
2: an institution where the sick or injured are given medical or surgical care —usually used in British English without an article after a preposition

It is understandable and I really doubt that your user is going to say "Ah, darn it, they only deal with hospitals and I am looking for a clinic". You could also make it clear that you are using hospital as a blanket word in the text of your web page.

If hospital won't serve, perhaps facility or institution will. Your context seems to make it very clear that you are referring to medical institutions.

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:) yeah, perhaps. May be it's vernacular. But hospital is associated with hospitalized, while a clinic is lighter word. A clinic sounds like a place where one or a small group of doctor/s consult and perhaps, minor treatments are done. I am aware that hospital and clinic can be used interchangeably. I finally decided to use 'medical facility'. Thanks for your time. –  Nishant Feb 12 '13 at 4:25
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