Leesburg, VA (May 7, 2013)
– HealthWorks for Northern Virginia, a 501(c)(3) Community Health Center, announced that its new Leesburg facility has been awarded LEED-NC v2009 Gold Certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for recognition of buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “HealthWorks for Northern Virginia efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations.”
In the award letter, Fedrizzi noted HealthWorks for Northern Virginia – formerly known as the Loudoun Community Health Center – as a “pioneering example of sustainable design” that demonstrates “leadership in transforming the building industry.” The health center achieved the Gold 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.
“Our vision for the HealthWorks site was to create a space that was welcoming, light, warm, and comfortable for all our patients who come through our doors every day to seek high quality and affordable health care,” said Debra Dever, CEO of HealthWorks for Northern Virginia. “We are grateful and thrilled that this building, which was constructed with a grant from the Affordable Care Act, is not only a medical home for thousands of patients, but also was designed and is being operated with the health of the community in mind.”
“We are so proud that HealthWorks has received the first Gold LEED Certification in the Town of Leesburg,” commented Marantha Edwards, Leesburg’s Economic Development Director. “It was a pleasure working with them through the development process for their new facility. Clearly, a healthy and positive environment is as critical as the services provided when it comes to healthcare.”
About HealthWorks for Northern Virginia:
The mission of HealthWorks for Northern Virginia is to prevent disease, promote wellness, and reduce health care disparities in Northern Virginia by eliminating the barriers to access to affordable health care. HealthWorks provides medical, dental and behavioral health care to anyone in need, regardless of age or ability to pay, whether they have insurance or not. HealthWorks offers a full range of culturally competent family practice primary care services including: prevention, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness; chronic disease management; referrals and follow-up for specialty diagnostic treatment including obstetrics; and in-patient follow-up. Behavioral health and enabling services (interpretation, transportation and eligibility determination) and health education are integrated into primary care. Dental services include preventative, restorative and emergency care for adults and children. HealthWorks currently operates at three locations – Leesburg, Sterling and Herndon – which together served nearly 7,500 patients in 2012. For more information, please visit www.hwnova.org
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