JCMC surgery center earns LEED certification as green facility


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Johnson City Medical Center’s new surgery center, opened last fall, has been awarded Silver-level certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council.

 The LEED green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of green buildings.

“We’re pleased to get this certification,” said Bill Alton, Mountain States Health Alliance vice president for facilities and construction management. “Not only does this surgery center offer state-of-the-art technology as well as more space for our patients and staff, but it also operates in a very environmentally friendly way.

“It means a lot to us to be greener and more sustainable, and we’ve done that through things like more efficient use of water and energy, using recyclable materials and encouraging green practices.”

“As project manager, it’s very rewarding to oversee a LEED health care construction project like this that will have a long-term, positive impact,” said Jeff Clinebell, senior project manager for construction at Mountain States.

The new surgery center opened in October 2013 as an addition to Johnson City Medical Center, located in the back next to the Heart Hospital. It offers state-of-the-art surgical technology like the Artis Zeego robotic imaging system and features 16 operating rooms, each 30 percent larger than the old ORs. It’s more user-friendly for both patients and staff than the old surgery center.

Mountain States has already opened three LEED-certified green hospitals over the last four years – Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City in 2010 (LEED Silver); Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va., in 2011 (LEED Gold); and Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, Va., in 2012 (LEED Gold).

The LEED certification process evaluates the construction and land development aspects of a building as well as its energy-saving features and daily operations. The green aspects of the new surgery center include:

  • 77 percent of the waste from the construction process was recycled;
  • Low-VOC (volatile organic compound) materials were used for paint, adhesives and sealants, resulting in improved air quality;
  • The central sterilization unit is equipped with steam cleaners that make the sterilization process more energy-efficient;
  • The landscaping features plants that do not require irrigation, thereby conserving water;
  • A bicycle storage area is available for hospital team members;
  • An automation control system keeps the HVAC system and lighting running at the most energy-efficient levels.

“We’re proud to be a good partner with the community by constructing a building that is friendlier to the environment,” Alton said. “This offers better air quality and improved use of important resources like water. It’s good for our patients, our team members and the whole community.”


About the U.S. Green Building Council

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

About LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.

For more information, visit www.usgbc.org

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