June 17, 2011
On June 17th, 2011 Martha’s Vineyard Hospital was awarded GOLD certification by the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program for meeting the highest standards in environmentally sound building practices. The new building, which houses all of the Hospital’s clinical services, opened in June 2010. The award makes our hospital the highest LEED rated hospital in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to date and only the 9th hospital in the country to receive this rating.
Construction of the new building began in 2007 following the largest and most successful capital campaign in the Vineyard’s history. From the beginning, MVH engaged the Vineyard community in a vision of a new state-of-the art “green” hospital that would offer first class medical services and also be designed to stand the test of time architecturally.
“While being “green” took a little longer than expected,” says Timothy J. Walsh, MVH President & CEO, “our commitment to this effort was worth the wait. This was truly a team effort with input from not just the design and architectural teams, but also hospital staff and the Island community.”
Some specific steps taken during construction to ensure a healthy building and environmental responsibility included: