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Good Samaritan Goes Green
Contact: Jennifer Aalgaard
Date: April 23rd, 2008
GOOD SAMARITAN IS FIRST HOSPITAL GOING GREEN
PUYALLUP, WA- Good Samaritan’s $400 million replacement hospital, scheduled to be completed in December 2010, is the first hospital in Washington State to seek the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the United States Green Building Council. LEED certification shows that the building is constructed with energy and resource conservation and efficiency. Good Samaritan is one of the first hospitals in the state of Washington seeking to achieve this certification.
Good Samaritan is dedicated to providing a healthy environment of care and our new facility will provide that and more. The new tower will include the ability to treat and recycle water, a “green roof”, locations for outdoor respite, and water efficient landscaping. While separately these items may not seem significant, but together they provide a huge impact on the environment in means of conservation of water and limited energy usage.
While going green positively impacts our environment, it also impacts the hospital’s efficiency. It lowers costs, increases productivity and decreases patient recuperation time. Studies show that patient access to natural light decreases depression, improves sleep and eases pain. The affect is not limited to patients; staff is affected by natural light as well. Access to natural light increases Vitamin D levels which have been shown to improve mood and perception which, in turn, enhances the patient experience.
While achieving LEED certification is a goal, Good Samaritan is dedicated to making a positive, lasting impression on the City of Puyallup for years to come and this includes protecting the environment.
Puyallup is becoming the example of “going green.” The City of Puyallup is also seeking LEED certification for its newly constructed City Hall that is slated to open in late summer. It is our collaborative hope that Good Samaritan and the City of Puyallup will serve as examples of what is to come for construction in East Pierce County and to continue to serve our communities while being cognizant of our footprint on the future.
Stay tuned for more on Good Samaritan’s construction and how this is a great time to be a resident of East Pierce County.
For more information on the new tower, please visit www.goodsamhealth.org. For more information on the LEED certification, please visit www.usgbc.org.
###Founded in 1952, Good Samaritan Community Healthcare has grown and evolved into Good Samaritan Hospital, an affiliate of parent company, MultiCare Health System. Good Samaritan provides comprehensive healthcare to eastern Pierce County. Our expanding healthcare services include an acute care hospital in Puyallup, family medicine clinics, outpatient surgery center, comprehensive mental health program, outpatient specialty care clinics, outreach programs to support varying social service needs of our community.
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