Rockingham hospital recognized for green design

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Rockingham Memorial Hospital’s new building has been recognized for its green design.

The 630,000-square-foot facility in Rockingham County has been awarded “gold” Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Gold certification is the second highest level recognized by the council.

Hospital officials said the Rockingham Memorial is first inpatient health-care facility in Virginia to achieve gold LEED status. RMH also is one of only seven hospitals of more than 100,000 square feet in the nation with that certification.

The new, 238-bed Rockingham Memorial Hospital opened in June on a 254-acre campus. It replaced a hospital building in Harrisonburg.

RMH, which is currently an independent hospital, recently announced plans to merge with Norfolk-based Sentara Healthcare, a regional health system.

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