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Published May 22, 2013
Sustainable Business oregon
McCulloch's gauntlet: Other hospitals should follow Kaiser's LEED

Kaiser Permanente’s formal announcement Wednesday that its Westside Medical Center would achieve a lofty green building status came with several metrics of proof.

For instance:

  • The facility uses 6.5 million fewer gallons over the course of a year than a traditional health facility. That, says Kaiser Permanente Northwest President Andy McCulloch, is enough to fill 10 Olympic-sized pools.

Read more about the ways energy consumption is being curtailed at Westside. 


Published May 22, 2013
The Oregonian
Kaiser Permanente says its new Hillsboro hospital is a model for future facilities, touts LEED Gold certification

HILLSBORO -- Kaiser Permanente is months away from opening the first new hospital in Washington County in 40 years, but the health management organization leaders gathered in Hillsboro to celebrate a major milestone on Wednesday.

The Westside Medical Center, the $344 million facility set to open in August, is a certified LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Gold building. Officials said it's the first hospital in the Portland Metro area to achieve LEED Gold status.

"Hospitals use a tremendous amount of energy," Willy Paul, executive director of Kaiser's national facilities services northwest, said. Kaiser officials said the new building will save 6.5 million gallons of water per year and cuts energy costs by 27 percent.

The rest of the article is on The Oregonian website.


Published July 24, 2012
The Clackamas Review
Pump gives hope to Kaiser Sunnyside heart patients

In an operation that was the first of its kind in Clackamas County, surgeons at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center have implanted a heart pump for a patient with advanced heart failure.

David Disselbrett, 66, is the recipient of Sunnyside’s first VAD, which has taken over pumping for his weak heart. A tube from the VAD connects to Disselbrett’s left ventricle. Blood flows from his left ventricle into a tube connected to the VAD’s pump, which pushes blood through his aorta and the rest of his body.

Read the rest of the story on The Clackamas Review website.


Broadcast July 18, 2012
KGW News Channel 8
Finishing touches started on Kaiser westside hospital

Every wire, nut, bolt and screw has been inspected. It's just what the doctor ordered. Kaiser Permanente unveils its newest hospital.

Watch: Finishing touches started on Kaiser Permanente Westside hospital


Broadcast July 5, 2012
Kaiser Permanente's new facility goes green

HILLSBORO -- Hospitals are a place of health and healing but according to Kaiser Permanente, hospitals contribute to 8 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in this country. Its newest facility in the Northwest is putting the environment's health in the forefront.

Watch "Kaiser Permanente's new facility goes green"


Published July 5, 2012
Hillsboro Argus
Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center uses art to create healing vibe

By Eric Apalategui, Special to The Oregonian The Oregonian

HILLSBORO -- Like open hands, giant ginkgo leaves sculpted in glass and playing with sunlight will welcome the sick and the anxious when they enter the Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center beginning next summer.

Read: Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center uses art to create healing vibe


Published May 30, 2012
The Oregonian
Kaiser Permanente's Hillsboro hospital opening still a year away but construction nears completion

By Andrew Theen

HILLSBORO -- Tayna Wylder looked on Tuesday as her crew delicately molded concrete for the central plaza of the $344 million Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center, the first new hospital in Washington County in 40 years. 

"It's the hardest job we've ever had," said Wylder, owner of Star Construction Services. "It's tested our company extensively."

Continue reading to learn more!


Published May 18, 2012
Portland Business Journal
Corporate cafeterias keep adding healthy food items

By Adam Worcester, contributing writer

Food preparers staff the sushi bar at Intel’s Jones Farm 5 Café in Hillsboro.

Oregon employees trying to eat healthier foods are finding allies in an unlikely spot: their workplace cafeterias.

Sushi bars, wok bowls and farm-fresh produce are increasingly common sights at institutions charged with feeding thousands of workers on a daily basis. So are accompanying nutritional labels with details such as the foods’ percentage of saturated fat and milligrams of sodium per serving.

Continue reading to find out some of what we're doing to promote healthy eating in the workplace.


Published April 11, 2012
The Times, Tigard/Tualatin/Sherwood
Hospital construction keeps Tigard roofers on the job during downturn

Local company installs green roofing, more at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center

Tigard-based Snyder Roofing has hung on without layoffs during a prolonged downturn in construction thanks to contracts it landed to roof the new Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in the Tanasbourne area.

News in February 2010 that Kaiser Permanente would build a $344 million hospital in Snyder's own backyard was welcomed by the firm, promising its team a chance at one of the largest roofing projects to come along since the recession began.

'This is a real important project for Snyder," said Snyder Roofing Vice President Rick Gehrts. "It is good for the economy, and it is helping workers in the area put food on the table.'

Learn more about the role of Westside Medical Center in the story of Snyder Roofing.




Published Jan. 28, 2012
The Hillsboro Argus
Chefs cook up health cuisine for new Kaiser Permanente hospital

By Kathy Fuller

BEAVERTON—Opening a new hospital entails so much more than bricks and mortar.

That's just the beginning.

While Kaiser Permanente's Westside Medical Center nears completion—the building itself is scheduled for completion in summer 2012—it will take another year to bring the facility online.

Behind the scenes, Kaiser Permanente's executive chef Greg Gates has a few things cooking.

Tasty things.

Find out how Chef Gates is incorporating Latino flavors and foods into the menu at Westside Medical Center, scheduled to open Aug. 6 2013.


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