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Cherry Health Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

Grand Rapids, MI – Cherry Health announced today that it has been awarded Silver LEED (level of certification) for Heart of the City Health Center. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

“Sustainability is important to us as a component of providing a welcoming environment for our patients. We scored particularly high marks in the areas of community connectivity and public transportation access which I’m especially proud of since our mission is to serve the underserved. It is critical that we remain socially and environmentally responsible so that we are here to serve our community for many years to come,” said Tasha Blackmon, president, Cherry Health.

Heart of the City Health Center was built in 2011 with the goal of offering multiple services under one roof. The health center houses a variety of services including adult medicine, pediatrics, dental, vision, pharmacy, health insurance assistance, outpatient counseling and integrated behavioral health. Heart of the City Health Center is over 206,000 square feet and serves more than 10,000 patients annually.

Heart of the City Health Center achieved Silver LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than two million commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 19 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than165 countries and territories.

“Heart of the City Health Center’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize the built environment by providing everyone with a healthy, green and high performing buildings. Heart of the City Health Center serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment.”