|Project:||Muskogee Community Hospital|
|DESIGNER / ARCHITECT:||Bates/LZW Architects|
|ARMSTRONG FLOORING:||Natural Creations ArborArt|
In an effort to improve the health of its patients as well as the environment, Muskogee Community Hospital (MHC) was designed and built using the Green Guide for Healthcare (GGHC) developed by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®).
Some of the environmentally sustainable features used include natural lighting in the patient rooms; geothermal heat pumps and air filtering systems; and building components that use less toxic materials.
Armstrong® Natural Creations ArborArt Luxury Flooring Cherry Maple Medium is used in the patient rooms and according to Mark Roberts, President of the hospital, “contributes to the health of the patients due to its low VOC emissions. In addition, it softens the look of the patients’ rooms. You do not feel like you are in a hospital,” he continued, “and this helps the patients’ well-being and encourages healing.”
“Going green challenged us – it challenged us to do better,” he continued. “We created a better environment for our patients and all of this turned out to be an opportunity to create a better product. It really worked out well.” Studies show that green healthcare facilities improve patient outcomes and reduce health risks.