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MAN­HAS­SET, N.Y.— Only two hos­pi­tals have earned the U.S. Green Build­ing Coun­cil’s high­est honor for the en­tirety of their op­er­a­tions: Dell Chil­dren’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter of Cen­tral Texas, Austin; and Kiowa County Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Greens­burg, Kan. But Katz Women’s Hos­pi­tal in Man­has­set is get­ting there one floor at a time. Katz Women’s, a 73-bed fa­cil­ity at­tached to the North ShoreLIJ Health Sys­tem’s 804-bed North Shore Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, had its ren­o­vated fourth floor cer­ti­fied LEED plat­inum as part of the USBGC’s Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign pro­gram, which rec­og­nizes en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion. Last year, the third-floor ren­o­va­tion pro­ject at Katz Women’s was cer­ti­fied LEED plat­inum. The fourth floor, which houses the fa­cil­ity’s post-par­tum unit, fea­tures high in­door-air qual­ity, nat­u­ral heat­ing and cool­ing ele­ments, and only ap­pli­ances and com­puter equip­ment that meet fed­eral En­ergy Star stan­dards. Also, more than 75% of the con­struc­tion waste gen­er­ated by the ren­o­va­tion pro­ject was re­cy­cled. “Hos­pi­tals are power-in­ten­sive and use heat­ing and cool­ing year-round to main­tain a com­plex ar­ray of pa­tient care ser­vices, so there is an in­cen­tive to be en­ergy ef­fi­cient,” Neil Rosen, di­rec­tor of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment at North Shore-LIJ, said in a news re­lease. “Wise en­ergy use trans­lates to sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings and a lower im­pact to the en­vi­ron­ment in terms of emis­sions and waste.” — Andis Robeznieks

NEW YORK— SUNY Down­state Med­i­cal Cen­ter moved to­ward shut­ter­ing its Long Is­land Col­lege Hos­pi­tal in Brook­lyn as unions and elected of­fi­cials con­tin­ued to bat­tle the clo­sure in the courts and on the streets. The state Depart­ment of Health ap­proved the key parts of a clo­sure plan July 17, Crain’s New York Busi­ness re­ported. “SUNY Down­state may be­gin to take steps to im­ple­ment ... ap­proved ac­tions,” reads a health depart­ment let­ter on the clo­sure. “We will con­tinue to work with you on the ap­proval and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­main­der of the clo­sure plan.” The Health Depart­ment gave the green light for SUNY Down­state to di­rect the hos­pi­tal to “cease ad­mit­ting pa­tients from its Emer­gency Depart­ment at noon on July 22, 2013.” The hos­pi­tal planned to op­er­ate the emer­gency depart­ment and an­cil­lary ser­vices un­til July 29. All re­main­ing pa­tients were to be trans­ferred or dis­charged by July 28 and can­cel or resched­ule elec­tive surg­eries. Op­po­nents of the plan, though, had not given up. State Sen. Daniel Squadron, Rep. Ny­dia Velázquez, Pub­lic Ad­vo­cate and may­oral can­di­date Bill de Bla­sio, Bor­ough Pres­i­dent Marty Markowitz, As­sem­bly­woman Joan Mill­man, and Coun­cil­men Brad Lan­der and Stephen Levin is­sued a news re­lease say­ing they had sent a let­ter to Gov. An­drew Cuomo urg­ing the Health Depart­ment to re­ject the clo­sure plan. “SUNY must be re­quired to con­tinue de­liv­er­ing health­care ser­vices at the hos­pi­tal un­til an op­er­a­tor is found,” they wrote. Hun­dreds of the hos­pi­tal’s em­ploy­ees staged a fu­neral march across the Brook­lyn Bridge.

PITTS­BURGH— In­surer High­mark Health Ser­vices is cre­at­ing an ac­count­able care net­work as the next step in an am­bi­tious and na­tion­ally watched move into health­care de­liv­ery. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield af­fil­i­ate likened its model to an ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion, re­ward­ing physi­cians for ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive pa­tient-cen­tric care and qual­ity out­comes. Af­ter a long and tu­mul­tuous courtship and reg­u­la­tory vet­ting, High­mark ac­quired West Penn Al­legheny Health Sys­tem last year and has formed Al­legheny Health Net­work to in­clude West Penn along with sev­eral other provider ac­qui­si­tions. This year, High­mark ac­quired Jef­fer­son Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Jef­fer­son Hills, Pa., and St. Vin­cent Health Sys­tem in Erie, Pa. Physi­cians from six hos­pi­tals in the Al­legheny Health Net­work—Al­legheny Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and Western Penn­syl­va­nia Hos­pi­tal, both based in Pitts­burgh; Al­legheny Val­ley Hos­pi­tal, Na­trona Heights, Pa.; Canons­burg (Pa.) Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal; Forbes Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, Mon­roeville, Pa.; and Jef­fer­son Re­gional—will ini­tially par­tic­i­pate in the al­liance, which will even­tu­ally in­clude other

Western Penn­syl­va­nia physi­cians and hos­pi­tals served by the in­surer. St. Vin­cent, which al­ready par­tic­i­pates in a pa­tient­cen­tered med­i­cal home pro­gram, is likely to join the ac­count­able care al­liance next year. The al­liance in­cludes about 500 pri­mary-care physi­cians who will be eval­u­ated on 28 qual­ity and out­come mea­sures. As it evolves, High­mark plans to add spe­cial­ists, as well as ex­pand it to the en­tire High­mark ser­vice area, which in­cludes West Vir­ginia and Delaware. — Rachel Lan­den

BOS­TON— Brigham and Women’s Hos­pi­tal broke ground on its Brigham Build­ing for the Fu­ture Pro­ject, a 620,000-square-foot med­i­cal re­search lab and clin­i­cal fa­cil­ity on its cam­pus in Bos­ton’s Long­wood Med­i­cal Area. The 11-story build­ing, sched­uled for com­ple­tion in fall 2016, will in­clude lab and out­pa­tient clin­i­cal space, ad­vanced imag­ing fa­cil­i­ties and a con­fer­ence cen­ter, and will be con­nected via pedes­trian bridge to the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Cen­ter. The to­tal pro­ject cost is es­ti­mated at $450 mil­lion, funded through a com­bi­na­tion of phi­lan­thropy, bonds and Brigham and Women’s Hos­pi­tal cash. Suf­folk Con­struc­tion, which was also re­spon­si­ble for the car­dio­vas­cu­lar cen­ter, is the firm be­hind the fa­cil­ity’s con­struc­tion. The plans, aim­ing for LEED gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, in­cor­po­rate a roof gar­den to re­duce storm wa­ter runoff, a sys­tem that cleans and re­cy­cles wa­ter for me­chan­i­cal equip­ment, and a co-gen­er­a­tion plant to sup­ply elec­tric­ity, steam and hot wa­ter. — Rachel Lan­den

Katz Women’s ren­o­vated two floors, mak­ing them cer­ti­fied LEED plat­inum.

The 11-story Brigham Build­ing for the Fu­ture Pro­ject, a 620,000square-foot med­i­cal re­search lab and clin­i­cal fa­cil­ity, is sched­uled for com­ple­tion in fall 2016.

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