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SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Nation's First to Receive LEED-HC Certification

February 10, 2014

SwedishAmerican Health System is pleased to announce that its Regional Cancer Center is the nation's first cancer center to receive LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) certification. The new free-standing outpatient center, which opened in October of 2013, was constructed in collaboration with UW Health and its nationally recognized University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. Project partners included Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects, Eckenhoff Saunders Architects and Ringland-Johnson Construction. The center is located at 3535 N. Bell School Road in Rockford.

Administered by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance healthcare projects.

Project Highlights

•Of the 292 tons of construction waste generated from the project, 234 tons (80%) were diverted from landfills.
•For all material used on the project, excluding owner furniture, 68 percent was sourced sustainably.
•The facility uses 20 percent less water than a “baseline” building design of similar size and occupancy.
•A “daylight and views” design effort maximizes utilization of natural light and provides building occupants with a connection to the outdoors through a curtain wall system.

One challenge associated with the project was how new LEED-HC is to the industry. “The LEED for Healthcare Rating System has a uniqueness and ‘pilot-like’ feel for many project teams,” says Nathan Feigel, project engineer at Ringland-Johnson Construction. “There is significantly less historical data, direct experience and involvement with LEED-HC than there is with LEED New Construction (LEED-NC). Healthcare buildings often have strict requirements, so incorporating the more commonly used LEED-NC Rating System can be difficult for certain criteria.”

“This distinctive certification demonstrates SwedishAmerican Health System's commitment to providing our community with a safe and environmentally friendly facility where occupants can receive treatment and work,” says Glenn Evans, SwedishAmerican's director of facility planning, design and construction. “All who were a part of this project should take pride in this accomplishment.”

More information about the Regional Cancer Center is available at: http://www.swedishamerican.org/services/cancer_care/.

About the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center

The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center offers outpatient services such as medical oncology, chemotherapy and infusion; advanced radiation therapy; and medical imaging at one convenient location. Patients have access to the latest clinical trials offered by the UW Carbone Cancer Center. In addition, a full complement of holistic and support services ensures the very best treatment experience. Inpatient services include a private 10-room oncology unit at SwedishAmerican Hospital.

About SwedishAmerican Health System

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, a free-standing outpatient cancer center, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, a foundation, and has an exclusive affiliation with UW Health in northern Illinois.

For further information, contact:
Paul Greenland

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