Johnston Memorial Hospital has been awarded Gold-level certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The LEED green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of green buildings. JMH is the third hospital in Virginia to achieve LEED Gold certification and one of only 11 hospitals of its size in the nation to receive the honor.
The new JMH opened on July 16, replacing the hospital’s old facility in downtown Abingdon, Va., which had operated from the same location for more than 100 years. The new 116-bed facility offers a cardiac catheterization lab, emergency department, surgery suites, family birth center, regional cancer center and joint replacement center.
JMH is the second LEED-certified green hospital to be built by Mountain States Health Alliance, the facility’s parent company. MSHA opened Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City in 2010, certified LEED Silver. The health system plans to open a third LEED-certified hospital in Marion, Va., in 2012.
The LEED certification process evaluates the construction and land development aspects of a building as well as its energy-saving features and daily operations. Some of the green aspects of the new JMH include high-efficiency plumbing and other water conservation fixtures inside the hospital designed to save up to 1.6 million gallons per year; water-efficient landscaping and irrigation features; and energy-efficient boilers and chillers, high-performance insulation, and occupancy-sensitive lighting, among other aspects.