Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center Brings Nature to Patients with a LiveRoof Green Roof
LiveRoof® System Selected for 2,500 Square-Foot Rooftop Courtyard Green Roof
Toledo, OH. and Spring Lake, MI. (November 5, 2013) – Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center is now housed under a green roof of lush plants. Many patient rooms face the 2,500 square-foot rooftop terrace green roof, which features a courtyard for the exclusive enjoyment of patients and their families. The LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System was selected for the terrace green roof, which was installed by Advanced Roofing Services with plants grown by Corso’s Perennials.
Patients and their visitors can see the park-like setting from over 84 patient rooms, multiple waiting rooms, and visitor lounges. While most renovations are focused on improving work flow or updating areas, this renovation stemmed from a desire to provide naturally healing and calming space for visitors, patients and staff.
“With the completion of the roof top garden, I believe it will reduce stress with our employees and improve the outcomes of some of our patients, while improving the experience for all patients and their families. This will be a place to relax and enjoy a tranquil distraction within our complex," expressed Jennifer Yockey, an MSN, CIC Infection Control Nurse with Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.
“We delivered the LiveRoof modules full of regionally adapted and locally cultivated plants that were mature, thriving, and ready for the rigors of the rooftop environment,” said Gus Corso, owner of Corso’s Perennials (Sandusky, Oh.). Corso’s Perennials is LiveRoof’s licensed regional grower and distributor for western Pennsylvania, Ohio and parts of West Virginia.
Green roofs, or vegetation on roofs, offer many benefits, including, beautification, water management, air purification and an increase in energy efficiency.
"In addition to the benefits to the patients, their families and staff, the roof will help reduce noise pollution, minimize water runoff and provide a wildlife habit for birds and bees. These systems will be enjoyed by generations to come," said Dan Cartell, LiveRoof sales representative for Corso’s Perennials.
Todd Kwapich, Project Coordinator for Mercy, said, "The space seemed perfect for this endeavor. The totally enclosed area was previously a drab ‘concrete jungle’ that was just not utilized. Now it is like the signature hole on a golf course.”
The LiveRoof system greens other rooftops of Mercy facilities. “Our sister hospital, Mercy St. Charles, has installed these roof top gardens with success, on multiple roofs at their facility. We used this concept with the additional thought of human interaction, and came up with a great location," said Kwapich.
Mercy is a member of Catholic Health Partners, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest non-profit systems in the country. Locally, Mercy is based in Toledo, Ohio and serves 22-counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Mercy provides comprehensive primary and critical care services to residents and operates seven hospitals strategically located throughout the region as well as Life Flight critical air transport services and Mercy College of Northwest Ohio. Mercy is composed of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Mercy St. Charles Hospital, Mercy St. Anne Hospital, Mercy Children’s Hospital, Mercy Tiffin Hospital, Mercy Willard Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Defiance. In 2012, Mercy was proud to provide $86.5 million in community benefit. With more than 7,300 employees and 2,500 medical staff members, Mercy is has been a part of the communities it serves for 157 years. Please visit www.mercyweb.org for additional information regarding Mercy.
Founded in 1941, Corso’s Flower & Garden Center (www.corsos.com) is a family owned and operated business in Sandusky, Ohio. Originally a retail greenhouse, it now includes 14 acres of greenhouse, 15 acres of outdoor production, and a retail flower shop, garden center and landscape department. To increase wholesale production of perennials, the company has expanded to a second location with 70 acres of farmland in Castalia, Ohio. Corso’s Perennials (www.corsosperennials.com), the wholesale division, grows over six million plants annually to supply perennials to a five-state area. Corso’s Perennials serves as the LiveRoof licensed regional grower and distributor for Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Based in Spring Lake, Michigan, LiveRoof, LLC (www.liveroof.com) is the top horticultural science company in the green roof industry. Exceptional in design and function, the LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System is the most refined horticultural solution. LiveRoof establishes a healthy, sustainable ecosystem covering rooftops with seamless vegetation. Licensed regional growers customize plant selection for every LiveRoof project. They deliver the system’s modules abundantly vegetated with locally cultivated, full-grown plants for an instant green roof and trouble-free ownership. LiveRoof’s natural function and natural beauty offer the highest level of green roof performance with ultra-low maintenance costs. The proof is on the roof — showcased in over 800 installations that total more than 3 million square feet.