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February 14, 2018

WakeMed North takes the “LEED” for green design as 9th Hospital in U.S. to take Gold

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 15, 2018) WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital has received the prestigious level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Healthcare Gold. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and it provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.

WakeMed North is the ninth hospital in the United States, and the first in North Carolina to achieve LEED Healthcare Gold. Only 15 hospitals worldwide are certified Healthcare Gold.

WakeMed always considers the potential environmental impacts and patient benefits of any new construction and incorporates wellness from the ground up, with the goal to provide the highest quality of care in the healthiest environment.

“The commitment to this effort by our design and construction partners was reflected by the use of innovative design and building techniques with the end purpose of creating a healthy and healing environment for our patients, families, staff and physicians,” commented Tom Cavender, vice president of Construction & Design for WakeMed Health & Hospitals. 

WakeMed North’s journey to LEED started in 2010 with the inception of the hospital design, which included design principles focused on patient health, comfort and wellness. The facility provides every space with access to adequate daylight, views and options for visual and acoustical privacy – and connections to the natural world.

Additionally, WakeMed used utility system strategies and building materials that reflect a commitment to environmental stewardship. An effort more hospitality than hospital, WakeMed North opened in May 2015, showcasing a tranquil atmosphere surrounded by features that promote healing while conserving nature’s resources.

“I am proud that WakeMed had the vision to incorporate so many sustainable and efficient building processes into WakeMed North. These features come together to create a natural, healing environment that enhances the experience of our patients,” said Sheri De Shazo, RN, senior vice president & administrator, WakeMed North.

The LEED for Healthcare green building rating system was developed to meet the unique needs of the healthcare market.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a nationally recognized, private, not-for-profit health care organization founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. The largest health system in Wake County, WakeMed exists to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding, compassionate, patient- and family-centered care to all.

The 919-bed system comprises a network of facilities throughout the Triangle area, delivering health and wellness services that bring added value to the communities we serve. WakeMed is a leader in cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, emergency medicine and trauma care, physical rehabilitation, orthopaedics and neurosciences. Specialty facilities include the WakeMed Heart Center, Children’s Hospital, Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace, Women’s Hospital at WakeMed North, WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital, Adult and Children’s Emergency Departments and a Level 1 Trauma Center.

WakeMed’s team of more than 9,100 employees, 1,500 volunteers, 1,200 affiliated physicians, and the more than 300 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices use the most advanced technologies along with the best minds and the biggest hearts to ensure the finest quality in health care and community health. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.



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