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New Hospital's Therapeutic Design Supports Healing, Green Practices
Date:10/24/2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Heading to the hospital? These days, the newest member of your medical team just might be the building itself -- and it's likely to play a bigger role in your healing than you might think.

New trends in hospital design are helping health-care systems to better choreograph care and provide a soothing yet energy-efficient environment.

Consider the Shands Cancer Hospital at the University of Florida, which opens Nov. 1. The new 500,000-square-foot, $388-million medical tower is an extension of the Shands at UF academic medical center on its new south campus. The tower will feature 192 private beds and will house the Shands Critical Care Center for emergency and trauma services. Medical teams will serve a variety of inpatients, including those receiving diagnostic and therapeutic oncology care.

"Through academic medicine, we offer patients novel diagnostic and treatment options by expert physicians, researchers and teachers, and skilled and compassionate nurses and clinical teams," said Timothy Goldfarb, Shands HealthCare CEO. "Now we have added a truly innovative, healing setting that incorporates industry best practices and therapeutic design to enhance our patient's overall health-care experience. This is the hospital of tomorrow."

Shands and Gainesville Regional Utilities partnered to establish the GRU South Energy Center to provide 100 percent of the hospital's energy needs. The onsite power plant will ensure uninterrupted power, independent of the city's energy grid, regardless of a prolonged outage elsewhere in the community. It will efficiently convert fuel into electricity and provide 46 percent savings compared with traditional fossil fuel-burning generations. Officials estimate this will save 27 million kilowatts per year, enough to power about 3,000 homes.

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