Japanese Red Cross Matsuyama Hospital – Gold Award Winner of the Green Hospitals Award 2022

Date:  15 June 2023

Achievement of comfortable medical treatment environment, disaster-resistant, environmentally friendly green hospital.

Modernizing a century-old medical facility is a daunting task. Established in 1913, the Matsuyama Red Cross Hospital has been a fixture in the traditional city of Matsuyama for 109 years. When this beloved institution began to deteriorate due to age and the impact of natural disasters, the hospital’s management and the local government rolled out an ambitious plan to create a modern, sustainable, and disaster-proof hospital that would stand the test of time.

The new Matsuyama Red Cross Hospital is designed to maximise energy efficiency. For instance, the facility uses solar power for its hot water supply, while its kitchens are equipped with sensing technology that provides energy savings of up to 40%. The hospital is also equipped with an advanced ventilation system. Operating rooms have state-of-theart radiation air conditioning, which serves to prevent hypothermia in patients while at the same time protecting surgeons from surgical smoke. On the other hand, wards use natural ventilation system, cooling patient rooms using minimal energy. The new facility also boasts various rooftop greenery, which provides heat insulation for buildings and promotes a good environment for convalescence. These energy-saving systems were kept in place even during the pandemic; in a stroke of good luck, the hospital’s focus on improved ventilation proved to be particularly beneficial during the pandemic.

Resilience is also a major factor behind the hospital’s renovation. The old facility was severely damaged in the Geiyo Earthquake of 2001, and hospital management saw the need to build a disaster-proof structure. To do this, the new hospital uses a base isolated structure that allows it to provide continuous medical treatment even during earthquakes. The hospital also uses a foolproof water-saving equipment system that can be utilized even in the event of a disaster

As a result of these efforts, the hospital’s energy use is over 25% lower compared to the average hospital in Japan. The hospital’s utility bill has also been reduced by about $ 2.5 million in four years. In terms of management, its bed utilization rate increased from 85% to 90% compared to the old hospital. Furthermore, the average length of hospital stay has decreased from 11 days to 10 days, which is proof to the improved quality of medical care in the new facility.

Matsuyama Red Cross Hospital’s innovative design has been recognised by Japanese regulators. The hospital received the highest rank of “S” under CASBEE, which is a Japanese standard for evaluating environmental impact. The hospital was also selected for the Sustainable Building Leadership Project, which is sponsored by the Building Research Institute. This award is given to advanced initiatives with grants, and Matsuyama Red Cross Hospital was highly evaluated not only for its advanced technology, but also for its integrated efforts with the local government and dissemination of the technology to the community.

Most importantly, the technology and know-how adopted at Matsuyama Red Cross Hospital have been passed on to other hospitals in Japan, including the Fukushima Red Cross Hospital and the Nagasaki Genbaku Hospital, among many others. When the Fukushima Red Cross Hospital was rebuilt after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, it adopted Matsuyama’s base isolated design and the extensive use of natural lighting. The Nagasaki Genbaku Hospital also adopted Matsuyama’s rebuilding method; hospital’s unique façade was created in consideration of solar radiation control in the hospital wards. Matsuyama’s Green hospital technologies—such as seismic isolation, solar radiation control, and radiation air conditioning— were also adopted by hospitals outside the Japanese Red Cross system, such as Tottori Central Hospital, Iwate Medical University Hospital, and Mutsumi Hospital.

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