Dear KP Colleagues,
Our new hospital in Hillsboro, Oregon, will be our very first hospital to earn the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for environmentally significant practices and sustainable features.
LEED is a rigorous rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The program is internationally recognized for being an excellent judge of environmental protection success.
We intend to pursue similar LEED certification and recognition for the other hospitals and medical offices we are building. Our plans call for us to build over 100 additional care sites over the next decade. We want them to be LEED-winning, environmentally sound, and a model for the rest of health care, proving to everyone that you can build an environmentally sound care site.
Building healthy buildings is part of our overall Healthy Communities agenda. The international competition we set up two years ago to come up with the best designs for a small hospital had environmental impact and community health as a major criterion for the selection process.
In addition to earning the LEED Gold certification, we just won a whole array of green awards. Practice Greenhealth just held their annual meeting to recognize sound environmental practices in health care. They issue green awards to recognize environmentally responsible organizations. They have recognized some of our efforts in previous years. This year our green teams won 29 Environmental Excellence Awards. Twenty-nine is a lot of awards.
Environmental protection is clearly a good way to help the communities we live in to be healthy and thrive. We only have this one planet, and we need to be responsible for the environment we live in. That’s why we created the first green purchasing scorecard in health care — and why we shared that scorecard with other major purchasers in health care.
That’s also why we have put solar energy panels on the rooftops of many of our care sites. We have invested in reflective roofs, window-film installations, and new energy-efficient lights that will save millions of dollars in energy costs.
I have mentioned our green-IT achievements in previous letters. In 2011 we were named the number one Top Green-IT Organization by Computerworld for implementing our green technology practices.
Our Napa data center is still the only data center in the world to have platinum level LEED Existing Building Operations and Maintenance certification.
Green is good. Green is a learning process. We are learning to be green, and we are teaching others in health care to be green.
Having a LEED Gold-certified hospital is a major step in the right direction.
So I am celebrating our Northwest Region for doing that work and doing it really well. Green is the right path to be on.