In 2002, Providence Health & Services began planning a new 188,000 square foot medical center in Newberg, Oregon to respond to the growing community's need for accessible health care. Since this was Providence's first new hospital in almost thirty years, its leaders decided to approach the project through innovative planning, design, and construction, including the achievement of lifecycle energy savings and a potential LEED certification.
The hospital is comprised of 40 inpatient beds with views out to the surrounding rural landscape or into lushly planted internal courtyards. The facility offers a full service emergency department, a 3 OR surgical suite, diagnostic imaging, including a CT Scanner and MRI, Laboratory, Pharmacy and a café and conference rooms open to the public.
Full service hospitals are in a class by themselves. Offering 24/7 inpatient care, emergency facilities and surgical suites, these primary acute care facilities bring distinctly different challenges to sustainable design than commercial buildings or even outpatient clinics. Their continuous operation requires tremendous energy, and safety regulations dictate stringent air-quality that can generate tremendous waste. By skillfully treating these hurdles as opportunities, the Providence Newberg Medical Center, completed in June of 2006, became the first LEED Gold Certified hospital in the country and a catalyst for sustainable design in health care facilities nationally.