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Gov. Schweiker Announces $5 Million in State Assistance for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh ‘Green’ Initiative

Gov. Mark Schweiker today announced $5 million in capital budget redevelopment assistance to help Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh build one of the first environmentally “green” hospitals in the nation and create 400 new jobs.

The new $420 million, 1.4 million-square-foot Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will be built using environmentally “green” technology and design on the former St. Francis Medical Center campus in Lawrenceville.

It will include an inpatient tower, ambulatory care facility, parking garage and a new pediatric research facility.

The new hospital complex is expected to be completed in 2007.

“The Commonwealth is excited to be a partner in this important project,” Gov. Schweiker said. “Pennsylvania is a leader in using green technology in its buildings, and now Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh joins us in that leadership role as it relates to construction of their new hospital.

“Additionally, this project will help keep Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the forefront of providing world-class health care to infants, children and young adults.

“I applaud the General Assembly for supporting this worthwhile project, which will have significant benefits for the region and help us continue to build a New Pennsylvania.”

Commenting on the announcement, Ronald L. Violi, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, said, “We would like to thank Gov. Mark Schweiker, members of the Allegheny County Delegation to the General Assembly, and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary David Hess for their interest in recognizing the value of this important initiative. This undoubtedly will be a world-class pediatric health-care facility unlike any other in the nation.”

The benefits of green technology include a healthier environment for patients and employees, lower utility costs, less solid waste going into landfills and an air-filtration system that will lower emissions.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all children through excellence in patient care, teaching and research. It is renowned for pediatric centers of excellence in areas such as cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, critical care medicine, diabetes, hematology/oncology, neurosurgery, organ and tissue transplantation, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, and pediatric surgery.

Children’s Hospital also is the only accredited Level 1 Regional Resource Pediatric Trauma Center in western Pennsylvania and one of only two in the state.

Pennsylvania is home to 45 buildings certified or registered as “green” according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Cambria District Mining Office was the nation’s first LEED “gold rated” building.

Since 1995, Pennsylvania families and employers have saved $19 billion through tax cuts, workers’ compensation reform, reduced red tape and electric deregulation. These savings have helped to create nearly 500,000 new jobs.

Michael J. Lukens
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Office of the Governor
Commonwealth News Bureau

Last Update
February 20, 2008
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Last Update
February 20, 2008