How much is a hospital green space worth?
“While the scientific evidence for the influence of nature on various aspects of health and well-being at the individual and community level is well documented and growing, until now no one had measured the implications in terms of dollars and cents,” the CEO of Nature Sacred said. Alden Ripper said. “This is something many C Suite healthcare executives have asked for; now we have an answer.”
“In short, we knew natural spaces had an outsized impact on individual and community health, now it’s proven to have an outsized impact on improving health care campus outcomes.”
A dynamic companion calculator built using the budget impact tool described in the document is freely available to any hospital. It requires a few key inputs related to employment figures for nurses and doctors and an estimated budget (figure) for creating and maintaining a green space. The resulting calculation is an estimate of how much the hospital could potentially offset in burnout-related expenses. Two example scenarios included in the document illustrate the applicability of the calculator in a small and a large hospital.
According to Dr. Murphy, there were three areas where the cost offsets associated with a biophilic intervention would potentially be greatest: in mitigating turnover, absences, and errors among nurses and physicians.
“The science on the value of green spaces for human physical and mental health is clear,” said Jana Davis, president of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. “This work is critical to taking this science to the next step: assessing the economic implications of this health impact. The analysis will encourage institutions to incorporate green spaces into their campus design with an excellent return on investment. .”
Adam Ortis, regional administrator for the EPA’s Mid-Atlantic region, also recognizes the potential impact of paper and the calculator. “Now more than ever, we know how valuable our hospital and healthcare workers are,” Ortiz said. “Finding ways to provide accessible green spaces for them is essential – to alleviate burnout and contribute to their own health and well-being as they continue to care for their patients. This tool will have considerable benefits for the hospital community.
About Sacred Nature
Nature Sacred exists to inspire, inform and guide communities in creating public green spaces – called Sacred Places – designed to improve mental health, unite communities and engender peace. For more than 25 years, Nature Sacred has partnered with more than 100 communities across the country to infuse nearby nature into the places where healing is often most needed: distressed urban neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, prisons and Moreover. Through a collaborative, community-led process and an evidence-based design model, each sacred place is bound by a common goal: to reconnect people with nature in ways that foster mindful reflection, restore mental health, and to strengthen communities. As each community imagines their own space, the design becomes a unique reflection of the community’s culture, history and place, making it inherently sacred to them. Discover our model, our approach and our sacred places: naturesacred.org
About the Chesapeake Bay Trust
The Chesapeake Bay Trust (www.cbtrust.org) envisions a restored and protected watershed of the Chesapeake Bay and other natural resources. We give local community groups on the ground the resources they need to take on a meaningful and measurable role in restoring forests, streams, rivers, bays, wildlife and more in their own communities. Each year, the Trust empowers approximately 400 groups by providing grants and technical assistance to carry out environmental education, community outreach and local watershed restoration projects. The Trust is supported by the sale of the Chesapeake Bay license plate; donations to the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund on the Maryland state income tax form; donations made by hunters, anglers and boaters Maryland online natural resource licensing system; donations from individuals and corporations; and partnerships with private foundations and federal, state, and local governments. The Trust has received Charity Navigator‘s highest rating in more than two decades. On average, 90% of the Trust’s expenditures go to its restoration and education programs.
SOURCE Sacred Nature