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Green health care facilities aid in healing

April 19, 2011
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WASHINGTON — Research indicates faster healing rates for patients admitted to a green health care facility, according to a press release.

According to Scot Horst, the U.S. Green Building Council''s (USGBC) senior vice president of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green health care services facility includes an emphasis on "a healthy indoor environmental quality."

At its CleanMed conference, the USGBC has launched the new green building rating system for LEED for Health Care, which is intended to give guidance to the design and construction of both new buildings and the rest that may undergo renovations, the release stated.

The primary goals of LEED for Health Care are aimed at fulfilling the 24-hour operational facility requirements, which include process water use related to medical equipment, rural facility locations, patient populations and patient and staff health, the release noted.

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