Smyth County Community Hospital earns national certification for green design


Smyth County Community Hospital PhotoMARION, Va. – Smyth County Community Hospital’s (SCCH) new facility 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. This is the first project of such magnitude to be LEED-certified in Smyth County.

 “We’re thrilled to have earned this,” said Lindy White, Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) vice president and CEO of Smyth County Community Hospital. “We worked hard from the very beginning on this. As we put together the design, we knew we wanted to be environmentally friendly.

 “I’m excited and really, really proud we were able to pull this together and meet LEED guidelines to get a Silver designation.”

 The new building opened on April 14, replacing the old facility just a couple of miles away that had been in operation since 1967. The hospital offers an array of surgical services, state-of-the-art imaging equipment, a 24-hour emergency department, inpatient care including inpatient rehab services, oncology and infusion services and an intensive care unit, among other services.

SCCH is the third LEED-certified green hospital to be built by Mountain States Health Alliance. MSHA opened Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn., in 2010 and it was certified LEED Silver. Johnston Memorial Hospital, opened in 2011 in Abingdon, Va., was certified LEED Gold.

 All 35 points SCCH applied for on the LEED certification were granted.

 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 SCCH include:

• Indoor air quality – Through efficient ventilation systems and ongoing monitoring, the quality of the air inside and outside of the building is maintained at a high level to ensure guest comfort and well-being. The entire SCCH campus is a nonsmoking area.
• Water use reduction – Through the use of low-flow water closets, urinals, lavatories, showers and kitchen sinks, the facility achieves a water use reduction of 30 percent.
• Energy efficiency – Efficient heating and cooling systems have been installed. These systems are commissioned by an organization designed to assess energy performance and economic impact.
• Water-efficient landscaping – Water consumption for landscaping on the campus is 50 percent less than traditional landscape designs in our area.
• “Green” construction materials – Eco-friendly, low-emitting materials were used during the construction of the building, including adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, carpet and composite wood.
• Construction waste recycling – More than 50 percent of the waste materials from the construction of the hospital were diverted from the landfill.
• Recyclables – Paper, cardboard, plastic and metals are collected in designated areas for recycling.

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

About Mountain States Health Alliance

Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit

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.

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