Ontario Kaiser Hospital All Green and Fuzzy

Kaiser Permanente is all about health, so it makes sense that the new Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center in Ontario, California, would be built to green and healthy standards . This 386,000-square-foot hospital, “designed with the patient in mind,” is said to combines forward-thinking tech with a peaceful, patient-centered atmosphere.

Green features of the new hospital include a white, heat-reflective roof; use of recycled water for landscape irrigation; drought-resistant landscaping ; eco-friendly wall coverings and flooring; carpet and furnishings constructed with recycled content; energy-efficient lighting, electrical and plumbing systems; and a campus-wide recycling program. Other thoughtful touches include the use of green cleaning products by housekeeping staff, the elimination of mercury in medical equipment, the use of low-VOC paint throughout, and bicycle racks meant to encourage bike commuting.

KP Ontario, CA

image via Kaiser Permanente

Greg Christian, Executive Director, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan, Fontana and Ontario, called the new hospital, in a statement,“one of the largest, greenest, and most technologically advanced ever built in the area,” going on to note that Kaiser’s investment in this facility symbolizes the company’s commitment to the health of those who live and work in the Inland Empire region of California.

The “patient centered” design of this new facility includes private patient rooms with an acoustic design that reduces noise, and walls decorated with warm colors and artwork. A family-friendly environment offers beds for overnight stays and wireless Internet access, while numerous sky lights and large windows maximize natural light, easing stress for patients and their families while benefiting the environment.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.