I love reading about LEED firsts, but I love it even more when it involves children. The first LEED Gold certified hospital in the state of Georgia is Children’s at Hughes Spalding. The facility is part of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta network and offers a variety of services to the city’s youngest residents, including specialty clinics for those with asthma, autism, epilepsy, sickle cell, feeding disorders, child protection and more.

The facility received high scores in the Sustainable Sites, Indoor Environment and Innovation categories. Features incorporated into the new hospital include an underground irrigation system that collects rainwater to irrigate the outdoor landscaping, a reflective roof, easy access to public transportation and onsite bicycle storage and changing rooms for employees who want to bike to work.

“We are excited that Children’s at Hughes Spalding has earned this distinction as the first hospital in Georgia to be LEED Gold certified,” said Donna Hyland, president and CEO of Children’s. “This honor affirms that the facility was not only revitalized for the patients we currently serve, but as a sustainable facility, it will continue to enhance the lives of the future children of our community.” Source: CHOA

Children’s at Hughes Spalding, which is staffed by physicians from both Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine, features an enhanced and expanded emergency department, child-friendly inpatient beds and primary care services.

Located in downtown Atlanta, the hospital serves some of the city’s most disadvantaged children with 10 percent of the hospital patients being uninsured and 90 percent receiving government-funded health coverage. A LEED Gold certified hospital that provides much-needed services to these children just makes me smile.

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