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Miami Valley Hospital Earns Silver LEED® Certification

First hospital in region to be honored for green construction.

Dayton, OH) July 28, 2011 - Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) has been awarded LEED® Silver certification for its new 12-story patient tower, making it the first hospital in southwestern Ohio and only the second hospital in the state to achieve this prominent status. LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is regarded as the benchmark in green buildings. The award is established by the United States Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, both based in Washington D.C.

LEED certification is awarded to buildings that focus on sustainability or the practice of choosing materials and processes that have minimal effect on the longevity of the environment. 

“We are extremely proud to have achieved this distinction for our new building,” says Bobbie Gerhart, President and CEO. “From day one of the project our goal was to build an environmentally friendly green building that would add to the overall well-being of our patients, visitors and staff members.” Gerhart adds, “Being awarded LEED Silver certification validates our efforts.”

To be eligible for this certification, MVH was required to meet predetermined benchmarks in five key areas including sustainable sites, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and water efficiency. Points were awarded by the council for specific practices in each area

Some of the actions MVH took to earn certification included:

  • The construction team successfully diverted more than 75 percent of the building’s demolition and land-clearing debris from disposal in landfills and incinerators.
  • Compared to what is required by the building code, the new patient tower will reduce energy use by 18 percent through the use of high-efficiency mechanical and lighting systems.
  • The materials used in the project contain more that 35 percent recycled content, such as the structural steel, aluminum, glass curtain wall, and fabrics and flooring used in the building interior.
  • The design reduces water use within the building by more than 20 percent and reduces water use for landscaping by 60 percent.

One of the unique aspects of the patient tower is the use of green roofs.  Two roofs of the tower are designed with 11,000 square feet of living plants. Some of the ecological benefits of the green roofs are they absorb rainwater, which reduces storm water run-off; provide insulation, which helps reduce heating and cooling costs, and lowers air temperature.

Construction for the patient tower was completed last December. The building features 178 private patient rooms devoted to heart and orthopedic care, cardiac diagnostic and intervention services, and open-heart surgery suites.

“Miami Valley Hospital employees have been committed to ‘going green’ for a while now through several initiatives to limit the carbon footprint including recycling and using biodegradable products in order to make mother earth healthier,” adds Gerhart. “Earning a LEED Silver certification further demonstrates our commitment to the health of our planet as well as our patients.”

Miami Valley’s new patient tower opened in January.  It features 178 private rooms for heart and orthopedic patient care. It also houses all cardiac services -inpatient as well as outpatient.