Health Care Facilities
To be eligible for this module, 50% of the building’s use must meet the Health Care Module definitions listed below (50% can be dedicated to other usage).
Hospital: The Hospital designation applies to general medical and surgical hospitals, critical access hospitals and children’s hospitals. These facilities provide acute care services intended to treat patients for short periods of time and include emergency medical care, physicians’ office services, diagnostic care, ambulatory care, surgical care and limited specialty services such as rehabilitation and cancer care.
To qualify as a Hospital, the following requirements must be met:
- More than 50% of the gross floor area of all buildings must be used for general medical and surgical services AND
- More than 50% of the licensed beds must provide acute care services AND
- These facilities must operate on a 24/7 basis.
Facilities that use more than 50% of the gross floor area for long-term care, skilled nursing, specialty care and/or ambulatory surgical centers OR those that have less than 50% of their beds licensed for acute care services are not considered eligible hospitals under this definition.
Medical Office Building: A Medical Office Building designation applies to buildings that meet the following requirements:
- More than 50% of total facility space is used primarily to provide diagnosis and treatment (no major surgery) for medical, dental or psychiatric outpatient care.
- These facilities do not operate on a 24/7 basis.
Long-term care facilities (including residential care, senior care and outpatient rehabilitation/physical therapy): Also called “acute inpatient health care facilities”, these facilities provide permanent rehabilitative, restorative and/or ongoing skilled nursing care to patients or residents in need of assistance with activities of daily living.
A Long Term Care facility designation applies to buildings that meet the following requirements:
- More than 50% of the total facility space is used primarily for long-term acute care, ongoing skilled nursing care, cancer care, rehabilitation and/or psychiatric care.
- These facilities operate on a 24/7 basis.
Facilities where more than 50% of the space is not dedicated to long-term acute care, such as retirement communities that offer only independent living, are not considered eligible under this definition and must use the Multi-Unit Residential Building Questionnaire (definition from Energy Star Portfolio Manager).
Facilities that meet the definition of Senior Care Community must use the Universal Questionnaire