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Rogue NICU Going Green

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Southern Oregon’s most vulnerable infants are starting their lives in one of the safest and ‘greenest’ NICU’s in the country. Asante’s special care nursery has earned “Leed Gold” certification. It’s only the third NICU to earn that distinction.

That means the medical facility has met the strictest environmental standards including avoiding toxic chemicals in paints and furniture and by using low mercury fluorescent lamps. Doctors say that’s not only important for the environment but for the tiniest of babies.

“If we can minimize external factors that’s going to let the body do what it needs to do; so the sound, the ligthing, the fumes we identify as toxic,” explained the Women’s & Children’s Services Director Stephanie Roderick.

This is part of Asante’s master plan, calling for green construction and design for all future projects.