Medical offices for the Christ Hospital Imaging Center in Madisonville are completed— and a top health care administrator says that more health care providers are beginning to choose green medical office space.
“Green medical office space is the growing sector of commercial space,” said Dan Neyer, president of Neyer Properties. “Doctors, dentists, and medical centers who serve the public and patients with compromised immune systems are looking at green office space as an integral component of offering excellent health care for their customers and clients.”
Victor DiPilla, vice president of administration at Christ Hospital, said green medical offices save money, the environment, and improve our health. The hospital is a member of Practice Greenhealth, the nation”s leading membership and networking organization for healthcare institutions committed to sustainable, eco-friendly practices to improve the health of patients, staff, and the environment.
“As a major health care leader in Cincinnati, we feel we had to lead the way in the healing environment,” said DiPilla. “We believe green initiatives create an environment where people feel better. We’ve seen significant savings on the financial side as well. Green building is the environmentally-responsible as well as fiscally-responsible thing to do.”
The Christ Hospital Imaging Center has leased nearly 15,000 square feet at Neyer Properties’ newly-completed Red Bank Crossing II, 4440 Red Bank Expressway in Madisonville. The building is part of the five-building, $25 million Red Bank Crossing medical campus and mixed-use retail development. A ribbon-cutting for the development was held in August, 2008.
Green attributes of the Christ Hospital Imaging Center’s medical office space, according to Rick Perkinson, division director of facilities for Christ Hospital, include: Motion detector lighting and automatic dimming for natural lighting; daylight views; no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paints and materials; enhanced commissioning of heating and air conditioning units; low-flow water fixtures; use of Energy Star-rated appliances; an indoor air quality program in place during construction; and separation and recycling of all construction waste materials.
Perkinson said the imaging center aims to achieve LEED Silver designation of its interior space.
Neyer Properties is a leading real estate investment, land development and commercial development company in the greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky region.
It is headquartered at Keystone Parke in Evanston. Keystone Parke is the tri-state’s first green office campus. It achieved LEED Silver earlier this year for its exterior core and shell.
The Neyer Properties office interior was just awarded LEED Gold, the first commercial interior in the state of Ohio to attain that distinction from the U.S. Green Building Council.