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New green health care facility opens in North America

By Jennifer Chait

Kaiser Permanente’s new Modesto Medical Center opened last week, as one of the greenest facilities in America. This is an interesting development, and hopefully, more medical and other public-minded facilities will follow suit. Since opening, the hospital has received national recognition from environmental advocates as one of the “greenest” health care facilities in North America. This is Kaiser Permanente’s first hospital to be registered under the Green Guide for Health Care.

Some of the Modesto Medical Center’s earth-friendly features include: 

  • Use of natural light, with large windows incorporated into hallways, patient rooms, and the main entrance.
  • The hospital will be fully wired with its electronic care system, KP Health Connect, eliminating the need for paper records

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