RMH has been named one of the 50 greenest hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review.
According to Becker’s news release, “These hospitals are among the greenest healthcare organizations in the country. They are forward-thinking institutions that lead sustainability efforts by example through mass-scale and local carbon-cutting efforts, and they also demonstrate how environmental sustainability is a shared responsibility. “
In 2010, RMH became the first acute care facility in Virginia to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The new RMH hospital and health campus, which opened in June 2010, received Gold LEED certification.
“It is gratifying to be acknowledged as one of American’s 50 greenest hospitals,” said Dennis Coffman, director, Facilities Planning. “Building an environmentally friendly facility was a priority to RMH because it was the right thing to do for our community today and for generations to come.”
RMH is one of three Virginia hospitals to be included in the list. The other two Virginia hospitals are Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church) and Johnston Memorial Hospital (Abington).
The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team used several resources to develop this list, including Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, the EPA and other healthcare sustainability organizations and experts. The list includes only acute-care hospitals open on or before Jan. 1, 2013. Hospitals cannot pay to be included on this list and are presented in alphabetical order rather than by ranking.
Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems.
The full list can be found at the link http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/50-of-the-greenest-hospitals-in-america.html