Grasslands Campus Awarded Prestigious LEED Gold® Certification

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to announce its Grasslands Campus has earned LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“We are so proud that our team’s hard work on the new Grasslands Campus has earned LEED Gold certification,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “We look forward to providing the safest and highest quality care and experiences for the patients and families we serve in this beautiful and efficient venue for many years to come.”The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is a nationally recognized program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

The newly expanded Grassland Campus, 3030 Harden Blvd., is a medical home for patients seeking primary and specialty care. More than 30 physicians and their compassionate care teams provide expertise in such specialties as Primary Care; Ear, Nose & Throat; Obstetrics & Gynecology; Orthopedics; Pediatrics and Pulmonology. Grasslands also houses our physical rehabilitation program, with an expansive gym offering leading-edge therapy equipment and a 100-foot gait & safety system, dedicated pediatric gym, outdoor rehabilitation garden and state-of-the-art therapy pool. The design of the building was created with the concepts of “body, mind and soul” as part of the patient healing experience. Construction on the Grasslands Campus began in early 2015 and was completed in June 2016.

“We are grateful to our valuable design team partners and are proud to contribute to our local economy, investing in job creation as well as purchasing services and supplies from local vendors,” Dr. Thompson said.

“Demonstrating good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us by our community was an important part of our plans for the Grasslands Campus,” said Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Being responsible with our water, energy and building materials is just one way we commit ourselves to strengthening the health of our community.”

“Lakeland Regional Health Grasslands Campus LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, U.S. Green Building Council President and CEO. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize the built environment by providing everyone with healthy, green and high-performing buildings. The Grasslands Campus serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment.”

In addition, the architecture and design firm for two Lakeland Regional Health projects recently earned design awards from The American Institute of Architects Orlando at its annual Awards for Design Banquet. HuntonBrady Architects of Orlando received the Built Award of Excellence for its work on the expansion and renovation of the Hollis Cancer Center and the Built Award of Honor for its work on the expanded Grasslands Campus.

Enhancements at the Hollis Cancer Center, 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd, include 40 new chemotherapy stations with lake views, pharmacy expansion, 250-seat teaching auditorium, additional parking, facility entry for stretchers and an intimate chapel area. Furr & Wegman Architects designed the state-of-the-art Campisi Family Auditorium.

“We are so proud our team members are being honored by the AIA Orlando for their outstanding designs,” said Steve Belflower, AIA, LEED AP, President of HuntonBrady Architects. “The Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center expansion was a gratifying project for our team, and the Grasslands Campus inspired us to find innovative ways to best facilitate patients going through the physical rehabilitation process.”

About Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group
Lakeland Regional Health is a not-for-profit healthcare system that constantly seeks to care for its patients in new places and new ways. It employs more than 120 physicians and a robust team of clinical leaders who provide primary and walk-in care, and practice in over 25 specialties at its Hollis Cancer Center, Family Health Center and convenient care locations throughout Polk County and surrounding areas. For more information about Lakeland Regional Health, visit http://myLRH.org.