Why DaVita Healthcare was awarded LEED Platinum Certification
An independent medical ground and leading provider of kidney care in the United States, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. announced its world headquarters was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification for Operations and Maintenance by the U.S. Green Building Council.
DaVita World Headquarters is the fourth LEED Platinum building in Denver, and fifth in Colorado. The LEED Platinum certification is the highest recognition a building can earn from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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The building was awarded points for alternative commuting transportation, water reduction, waste management and optimized energy efficiency performance.
"We believe in the connection between a healthy environment and the health of our patients and teammates," said CEO of DaVita Healthcare Partners Kent Thiry. "Our environmental goals challenge us to steward resources while delivering high quality patient care."
DaVita also set new five-year environmental commitment goals. The plan focuses on opportunities to continue reducing its environmental impact on energy and water use, waste production and building and supply chain management across the country.
DaVita Kidney Care organized its 2020 Environmental Goals into five categories:
Energy: Reduce energy use and carbon emissions by 10 percent per treatment.
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Water: Reduce water use by 30 percent per treatment.
Buildings: Build one new LEED-certified clinic as a prototype, certify major offices as LEED Silver and implement internal certification for remaining buildings.
Waste: Increase solid waste recycling to 45 percent and transition to reusable sharps containers in 70 percent of chronic care facilities.
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Supply Chain: Increase availability of environmentally preferable products and equipment, reduce packaging and conduct annual reviews with national vendors to assess sustainability practices.
With a 2020 environmental commitment plan with higher benchmarks of similar goals outlined for 2015, DaVita met or surpassed three out of the five 2015 goals, including reducing water use by 30 percent per treatment and increasing procurement of environmentally preferable products and equipment.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”