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

pital has earned Shands HealthCare the silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design designation per the U.S. Green Building Council rating system.

"We used insulated windows that are treated to reduce solar glare and white rooftops designed to reflect heat," said Brad Pollitt, Shands HealthCare vice president for facilities. "The facility's air-conditioning heat wheels help to recover lost energy and irrigation and drainage systems use reclaimed water. We provide showers for employees who bike to work and special parking for hybrid cars."

Pollitt says that Shands is now being considered for gold-level LEED certification and will be one of a few academic medical centers nationwide to achieve this rating.

"Opening the Shands Cancer Hospital at UF marks a milestone for us," said Dr. David S. Guzick, UF senior vice president for health affairs and president of the UF&Shands Health System. "It will enable us to meet the growing needs of cancer patients, advance our ability to care for emergency and critical care patients and ensure our long-term commitment to meeting the region's health-care needs."

In designing the building, hospital facilities teams worked with architects whose expertise is health-care environments. Nursing and medical staff provided input to incorporate features such as nurse stations that improve sight lines to patients and monitoring systems and details that give patients control of their environment, allowing them to adjust lighting and window shades with the click of a remote. There is abundant natural light on each floor and hallway lights are wall-mounted or recessed so patients aren't subjected to blinding glare as they are wheeled from place to place.

"Every planning and design decision we made as a team was centered on patient comfort and ease for hospital staff in providing safe and healing care," said Laura Stillman, principal-in-charge/project director at Flad Architects.'/>"/>

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