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CHICAGO— The U.S. Green Build­ing Coun­cil pro­claimed the Rush Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter tower in Chicago to be the world’s largest new health­care con­struc­tion project to achieve LEED gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the sec­ond-high­est rat­ing pos­si­ble in its Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign pro­gram. De­signed by Perkins+will ar­chi­tects, the $654 mil­lion, 14-story 830,000-square­foot build­ing in­cludes 304 beds on the top five floors, a land­scaped “green” roof, water-con­serv­ing sinks and toi­lets, and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient heat­ing, cool­ing and light­ing sys­tems, ac­cord­ing to a Rush news re­lease. Its but­ter­fly shape is de­signed to make use of nat­u­ral light, and about 20% of its steel, wall­board and in­te­rior wall cov­er­ings were ob­tained through re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. “From the out­set of our fa­cil­i­ties plan­ning, we made a com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity, be­cause—in the long run—it is good for our pa­tients, our em­ploy­ees and the en­tire com­mu­nity,” Peter But­ler, Rush pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, said in the re­lease. Only three hospi­tal projects have been cer­ti­fied LEED plat­inum: The Dell Chil­dren’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter of Cen­tral Texas, Austin; Kiowa County Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, Greens­burg, Kan.; and the third-floor ren­o­va­tion project for the Katz Women’s Hospi­tal, a 73-bed fa­cil­ity at­tached to the North Shore-long Is­land Jewish Health Sys­tem’s 812-bed North Shore Univer­sity Hospi­tal, Man­has­set, N.Y.

BIS­MARCK, N.D.— At the end of last year, North Dakota’s Med­cen­ter One and San­ford Health re­leased state­ments that said the two sys­tems were talk­ing about work­ing to­gether, but that this didn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean a merger was in the works. In April, the two sys­tems an­nounced a non­bind­ing let­ter of in­tent and mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing re­gard­ing a po­ten­tial merger. The boards of both or­ga­ni­za­tions will make a final de­ter­mi­na­tion about a merger this sum­mer with a pos­si­ble ef­fec­tive date later in the year, ac­cord­ing to a San­ford Health news re­lease. San­ford is a 20hos­pi­tal in­te­grated sys­tem with dual head­quar­ters in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo, N.D. Med­cen­ter One is a 166doc­tor in­te­grated sys­tem an­chored by its name­sake 203-bed hospi­tal in Bis­marck. “We be­lieve strongly that pa­tients shouldn’t have to travel more than 45 min­utes for qual­ity health­care,” Kelby Krabben­hoft, pres­i­dent and CEO of San­ford, said in the re­lease. “We also trust lo­cal voices and lo­cal boards for idea gen­er­a­tion and lead­er­ship. San­ford Health truly be­lieves in the power of each lo­cal com­mu­nity it serves.” Dr. Craig Lambrecht, Med­cen­ter One pres­i­dent and CEO, said in the re­lease that a merger would cre­ate one of the largest health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Mid­west and pro­vide an “even greater voice on the na­tional level in or­der to help shape the fu­ture of health­care de­liv­ery.” San­ford Health also re­cently signed a non­bind­ing let­ter of in­tent to ac­quire 16-bed Hills­boro (N.D.) Med­i­cal Cen­ter, a crit­i­cal-ac­cess hospi­tal that San­ford has been man­ag­ing since Oc­to­ber 2000.

Chicago’s Rush tower is the world’s largest health­care project to be LEED gold-cer­ti­fied.

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