House Call: North Tower – Hospitals Going Green
North Tower at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital is not only the largest expansion undertaken by Cone Health, but it is its most environmentally friendly project to date.
North Tower represents Cone Health’s commitment to the community’s healthcare and its stewardship of natural resources. At its completion, North Tower will be a Silver Level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building under the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) regulations, one of only a handful of LEED certified healthcare facilities in the state.
An array of 53 solar panels has been installed on North Tower’s roof, which will provide all of the hot water for the building, as well as supply most hot water to the existing east wing of the hospital. Cone Health has also installed 21,600 square feet of green roof. The sections of roofing are made up of trays of a hearty plant called sedum. The green roof will slow storm water run-off and lower the heat burden on the roof on hot summer days.
Cone Health’s North Tower will be the first healthcare facility in the state, and one of only three hospitals in the United States to heat and cool patient rooms with “chilled beams” – an advancement in heating and air conditioning systems that uses water to reduce energy use. With chilled beams, hot and cold water are piped into units in the ceiling of each room; convention then creates air movement that circulates the warm or cool air throughout the room. Chilled beam technology is expected to save up to 30 percent from what a conventional HVAC system would cost to operate.
Judy Schanel has served as the president of The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital since August 2010. Schanel joined the network as part of the Health Services Division in 2002. In 2005, she became vice president and service line administrator for Moses Cone Hospital. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Georgetown University, and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Schanel is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a 2007 recipient of the Women in Business Award for the Triad.