Dell Children's named first in the world

An Austin hospital receives a designation that makes it number one…not in the state or the nation…but in the world. As KLBJ’s Perry Watson explains, it’s not the first time.

Additional information regarding the designation:

To achieve LEED-HC certification, buildings must exceed environmental standards in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The LEED-HC rating system combines these requirements with the unique attributes and specifications of health care facilities.

The bed tower, which opened this past May, was awarded for its environmentally sensitive design, which not only conserves water and electricity, but also positively impacts the hospital's clinical environment by improving air quality, making natural sunlight more readily available and reducing a wide range of pollutants.

"I congratulate Seton Healthcare Family for leading the way toward healthier, more sustainable healthcare environments with the first-ever LEED for Healthcare Platinum facility, Dell Children's Bed Tower," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "When it comes to greening our built environment, healthcare facilities represent one of the most important sectors, and Seton's commitment to delivering the highest quality of care in the healthiest possible environment is truly commendable."

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