(E-6) Healing Gardens and Green Roofs: The Reinvention of Patient Care

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Health care facilities are increasingly including green roofs and healing gardens on their buildings. This program will explore how green roofs can bring measurable benefits to the health and wellness of their staff, patients, and visitors. Learn about the financial and environmental benefits green roofs can bring to long-term building owners, both in the short and long term. A deeper look will be provided through a case study of Washington D.C.’s Sibley Memorial Hospital. A member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sibley Memorial has made green roof installation a priority on not only their new hospital expansion, but also on their existing structures. Learn how another health care facility is utilizing Leslie’s Healing Garden – a green roof on top of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center – to successfully marry design principles that promote improved patient outcomes outside of traditional delivery of patient care. Understand the 14 patterns of biophilic design and how it can improve the patients and staff health and well-being when designed into health care facilities. Understand how green roofs aid in healing not solely patients, but also the environment by reducing the heat island effect, managing stormwater, and improving air quality. The presentation will highlight the important elements in establishing a healthy green roof for long-term performance and maximizing stormwater retention. Leave with a better understanding of why hospitals have determined healing requires more than treating a patient medically, and how features such as a green roof or healing garden can inspire hope and offer an escape from the sterile atmosphere of a hospital.

Green Design