Affinity Medical Group Neenah Clinic achieves LEED Gold certification
Energy reduction drives sustainable designation
07 / 29 / 2013
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
Neenah, Wis. – The Affinity Medical Group Neenah clinic has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Located on 101 Main St., the Affinity Medical Group Neenah clinic joins six other LEED certified Affinity facilities: The St. Elizabeth Hospital south addition, the Heart, Lung & Vascular Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital and five other Affinity Medical Group clinics: Darboy clinic, Greenville clinic, Deerwood clinic and Little Chute clinic.
“We’re thrilled to have another Affinity facility added to the LEED Gold certification list,” said Gary Kusnierz, vice president of performance excellence, Ministry Health Care. “Incorporating sustainable design into all Affinity construction projects is something we pride ourselves in. Our goal with every project is to build with the patient in mind and deliver on our promise of personalized care. Combining opportunities to preserve and protect the environment with keeping our promise to patients is the reason we are committed to building green.”
Affinity is an industry leader in sustainable design and has been recognized by a number of health and environmental agencies, such as Practice GreenHealth, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier Program and USGBC.
The combination of the environmental design savings with other systems allows the Affinity Medical Group Neenah clinic to achieve a net result of 26 percent energy savings over baseline and the clinic is anticipated to be Energy Star rated among the top 16 percent of clinics in the nation. The facility also features a green roof, which in addition to adding a healing benefit to patients, also has the following features:
- Optimizes energy performance
- Protects and restores habitat
- Maximizes open space
- Uses water-efficient landscaping
- Uses recycled content
- Uses regional materials
Elements of the building that contribute to the LEED Gold certification include:
- High reflectance roofing system and green roof.
- LED (light emitting diode) exterior lighting that reduces light pollution allowing the nighttime visibility of stars.
- Brownfield site remediation – the land the clinic is built on was previously the Glatfelter Paper Mill, which was contaminated over time. The old foundation and contaminants underwent remediation through a combination of removal methods to appropriate permanent disposal and treatment facilities.
- Community space – benches and parks allow community access and space to connect with nature.
- Construction waste management plan that achieved over 90 percent recycle rate.
- Building materials – over 30 percent of the clinic’s material is composed of both pre and post-consumer recycled content with regional materials sourced from a 500-mile radius of the clinic.
- Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) interior materials such as flooring, paint, adhesives and sealants are used to provide high indoor air quality.
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures and no irrigation landscaping greatly minimizes the use of water in and around the facility.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary standards and certification program created by the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes environmentally friendly construction projects. LEED design follows six criteria:
- Energy efficiency and savings
- Sustained site development
- Water efficiency and savings
- Conservation of materials and selection
- Indoor environmental quality
- Innovation in design
About Ministry Health Care
Ministry Health Care is an integrated healthcare delivery network serving more than 1.1 million people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Ministry generates nearly $2.2 billion in annual operating revenue with 15 hospitals, 47 clinics, and more than 12,000 associates including 650 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Ministry Health Care recently joined Ascension Health as the second healthcare ministry in Wisconsin. Ascension is the largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation. Ministry is ranked among the top 20 percent of healthcare systems in the country according to Truven Health Analytics.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.