The first in the United States and in Florida, an acute care hospital received an LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council. St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, a $225 million hospital facility has an environmentally sustained design and open landscape to provide natural views for its patients and habitat for wildlife.
The acute care hospital, according to company statement, concentrated on major categories created by the USGBC, which grants third-party verification to see if a building is constructed and designed to their standards.
Key categories that the council looks for in a building include efficient performance or sustainability in water and energy, environmental quality, emissions, and resources and materials.
The environmentally friendly acute care hospital is constructed from materials that promote clean air and energy conservation with recycled content and low chemical emissions, plus its soothing outdoor design are also seen indoors, creating a healing, peaceful, and calm environment to the hospital’s patient.
Among the specific energy sustainable strategies in the acute care hospital include personal controls for heating and lightning to increase productivity, well-being, and comfort of the building’s occupants.
A three-storey acute care hospital with 350,000 square feet, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is a member of BayCare Health System, a community-based health care system in the Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg and Clearwater areas.
According to U.S. Green Building Council’s executive Director for Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Colleen Mackin, studies shows that environmental sustainable buildings can contribute to a person’s improved health.
Mackin also said, St. Joseph’s “green” acute care hospital attain its vision of producing a healthy atmosphere for the neighborhood it serves.