Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center Awarded LEED Green Building Certification

Hennepin Healthcare has been awarded LEED Gold Certification for its Clinic & Specialty Center that opened in March of 2018. 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.

LEED certification was achieved 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.

“Studies have confirmed that the environment can have an impact on human health,” said Bill Howden, director of facilities and master campus planning at Hennepin Healthcare. “Following sustainable building practices is yet another way we can achieve our vision of transforming the health of the community, while at the same time doing what’s right for the environment.”

Achieving LEED Gold Certification is definitely quite an outstanding accomplishment for a site that was once defined as “brownfield” with past uses including a filling/service station, dry cleaning business, tin shop, machine shop, printing business, and light manufacturing business that was likely contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum products. While building the Clinic & Specialty Center, steps were taken to remediate the environmental contamination.

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Native and adapted plant species are featured in landscaping.

Maximizing outdoor open spaces, providing convenient access to public transit, incorporating environmentally friendly landscaping, and focusing on a healthy indoor environment all factored into the building’s LEED Gold Certification.

 

“The underground retention and infiltration system that’s installed beneath the ‘pocket park’ reduces rainwater run-off and recharges the aquifers,” said Howden. “And the building’s landscaping incorporates native and adapted plant species to preserve irrigation resources. They are simple strategies that integrate beauty and beneficial design.”

The Clinic & Specialty Center is Hennepin Healthcare’s second building to achieve LEED certification. Whittier Clinic also achieved LEED certification and was the first healthcare facility in Minneapolis to be awarded certification under LEED for New Construction at any level.

Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital, as well as a clinic system with primary care clinics located in Minneapolis and across Hennepin County. The comprehensive healthcare system includes a 484-bed academic medical center, a large outpatient Clinic & Specialty Center, and a network of clinics downtown and in the North Loop, Whittier, and East Lake Street neighborhoods of Minneapolis, and in the suburban communities of Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Richfield, and St. Anthony Village. Hennepin Healthcare has a large psychiatric program, home care and hospice, and operates a research institute, innovation center and philanthropic foundation. The system is operated by Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of Hennepin County.

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Open House to review Health Services Plan on October 22

Community Health Open House to review HCMC’s Health Services Plan and Community Needs Assessment

How does Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) address the health care needs of its community? The results of a new community health needs assessment and information about the programs and partnerships created to address those needs will be available for review at a Community Health Open House on Tuesday, October 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Whittier Clinic, 2810 Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis.

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HCMC welcomes Dr. Byron Marquez

Dr. Byron Marquez has been named Senior Medical Director and Chief of Community Primary Care at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), and is now seeing patients at Whittier Clinic.  In addition to direct patient care, Dr. Marquez will work with clinicians in six community primary care clinics, two convenience clinics, and one worksite based clinic to improve continually the care they provide their patients. Continue reading “HCMC welcomes Dr. Byron Marquez”

Whittier Imaging now open at HCMC’s Whittier Clinic


Whittier Imaging is now open in Hennepin County Medical Center’s Whittier Clinic at 2810 Nicollet Ave. in South Minneapolis.  The new imaging center offers routine head, neck, spine, pelvic, fetal and musculoskeletal imaging, minor interventional radiology procedures, and vein care.

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Featuring Philips equipment and technology, Whittier Imaging has a state-of-the-art MRI that provides the most advanced imaging equipment and techniques to screen for underlying disease and assist in the diagnosis and treatment of known or suspected illness. This 70 cm bore MRI is quieter and more comfortable, and can accommodate larger patients. Continue reading “Whittier Imaging now open at HCMC’s Whittier Clinic”

What’s going on in there? Radiologist talks about imaging at HCMC

Radiologist Dr. Tony Severt talks about the latest in imaging services available at Hennepin County Medical Center — including the new Whittier Imaging Center in South Minneapolis — offering routine head, neck, spine, pelvic, fetal and musculoskeletal imaging, minor interventional radiology procedures, and vein care.

Listen to the entire Dec. 18 podcast with Dr. Tony Severt, and join Dr. David Hilden every Sunday morning at 7:30 AM on WCCO Radio AM 830 and WLTE FM 102.9 for Healthy Matters! 

Whittier Clinic receives Silver LEED award

First healthcare facility in Minneapolis to achieve Silver LEED-NC certification
Whittier Clinic, one of Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) five neighborhood primary care clinics, has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at the Silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The multi-specialty clinic opened in October 2010. McGough Construction was the general contractor and HGA was the architect for the 59,200-square-foot building located on Nicollet Ave. and 28th St. in South Minneapolis.

LEED certification is difficult for healthcare facilities to achieve because of their specific design needs, including stringent building code and infection control requirements. The Whittier Clinic is the first healthcare facility in Minneapolis to be awarded certification under LEED-NC (or LEED for New Construction) at any level.
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