The Sarkis Gabrellian Women's and Children's Pavilion at Hackensack University Medical Center

Opening this weekend, December 11th, the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey is "introducing the hospital that will change hospital environments forever." A huge insert was included in the New York Times this week that described it in the fullest of details. When building the new Sarkis Gabrellian Women's and Children's Pavilion, the Center realized that constructing and operating a building with environmental hazards can possibly result in basically a building that made people sick. And since they are dedicated to making people healthier, they wanted to create an environment that would heal. The new hospital not only meets U.S. Green Building Council guidelines for LEED but far exceeds them. They've installed systems that save energy and promote clean air and water and they also use environmentally responsible cleaning supplies, linens, medical equipment and even food for the patients. Specific examples include: formaldehyde-free wooden toys and PVC-free plastic toys for children, establishment of a rooftop garden to generate energy savings, cotton insulation made from pre-consumer recycled denim jeans and power receptacles are available in the parking garage for alternative power vehicles. And that's just to name a few! These folks sure are an inspiration — too bad we're so far away for when we get sick. ::Hackensack University Medical Center