VIDEO from Medialink and Siemens: Hospitals of the Future Go Green

Eco-Friendly and Patient-Friendly Are Newest Trends in Healthcare

Jan 20, 2010, 15:12 ET from Medialink from ,Siemens

NEW YORK, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospitals make up only four percent of the country's total building population, but consume eight percent of the energy. Now, these energy guzzlers are changing their cold and sterile reputation and becoming more socially responsible and patient friendly.

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Today, hospitals are being built to meet the highest environmental, aesthetic and patient standards. In fact, Dell Children's Hospital of Texas is the world's first LEED Platinum Hospital recognized by the U.S. Green Buildings Council. This energy-efficient hospital was constructed with recycled and locally sourced materials and saves enough energy to power 1,800 homes.  

Another example of a greener future, Susquehanna Health in Williamsport, PA not only uses energy-efficient technologies to power its new buildings, it also reached out to patients to get their input for design. Health leaders and industry experts say these efforts create a more soothing, comfortable, healing environment and are better for a patient's mental and physical well-being.

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