Sustainable and green hospital project in the province of Padua, Italy
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Azienda ULSS 6 Euganea, Hospital Direction, Hospital of Cittadella, ULSS 6 Euganea, Padua, Italy, Via Casa di Ricovero 40, Cittadella (Padua), Italy
Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Vascular Sciences and Public Health, University of Padua, Italy
Azienda ULSS 6 Euganea, Department of Reanimation and Intensive therapy, Hospital of Cittadella, ULSS 6 Euganea, Padua, Italy, Via Casa di Ricovero 40, Cittadella (Padua), Italy
Azienda ULSS 6 Euganea, Quality manager, ULSS 6 Euganea, Padua, Italy
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A218
Background and Objective:
Cittadella’s Hospital in the province of Padua, currently under construction, offers 400 beds. Given the changes in the population and environmental demand, more functional and secure areas of healthcare were needed. The new structure is set to be completed in 2026 introducing interesting features in order to project a safe, modern and green hospital concept.

An innovative approach was used in the design of this new structure, dedicating the utmost attention to environmental sustainability, green materials, insertion in the urban and social context, enhancement of existing buildings, functional organization of the treatment areas and circulation zones, accessibility for all people, and humanization of the hospital experience.

The interior design was inspired by the external environment (sun movement, climate, landscape). Areas of care and diagnostic-treatment paths were reorganized according to guidelines set during the pandemic. There is an extensive use of renewable energy (solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, photovoltaic-battery hybrid system), a 4th-generation heating system and practical and easy to sanitize surfaces were designed. There is particular focus on the quality of the staff areas, which include spaces dedicated to psycho-physical well-being (relax points, yoga gym), and areas to encourage collaborative work (study rooms, centralized conference room). Outdoor recreational spaces and gardens for music and watercolor therapy were included and a Tai-chi gym is dedicated to oncology patients. Integration in the urban and social context is emphasized through window placement towards the gardens (maternal-infant, mental health and rehabilitation wards) and the city medieval walls.

Greeen healthcare provides benefits to patients, healthcare professionals and the environment. The use of renewable energy, a fourth-generation heating system, safety in air quality and ventilation, easily sanitized and maintainable surfaces and green materials contribute to the reduction of emissions into the atmosphere for a more sustainable future on the planet.

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