Included in the recent renovations and expansion of the hospital were energy-efficient double-pane windows throughout the building. The large windows in new patient rooms and lobby let in more sunlight, reducing the need for electricity and promoting emotional well-being.
The building's new roof is constructed of a black rubber product that absorbs energy from sunlight, helping to melt snow and ice during the winter months and inhibiting mold growth in the summer.
To continue in that theme of going green, Hooper said the hospital will be making an ongoing effort to promote recycling and reduce its use of paper. Many documents are already being produced and stored electronically instead of with a hard copy.
"Also, that way, we don't have a paper copy taking up space," Hooper said.
"This hospital is located in one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of the nation", said Matt Nolan, director of facilities at ECH. "Our administration believes that part of being a good neighbor means ensuring that the hospital is doing its part to help keep our local environment healthy."