Small steps toward sustainability lead to big outcomes

Greening the groundskeeping equipment at UCI Health benefits patients, visitors and co-workers

December 07, 2023
uci health director of facilities joe brothman wearing a dark suit, white shirt standing in the central utilities plant in front of blue and yellow pipes
Joe Brothman, director of facilities and general services at UCI Health.

IN THE NEWS: Becoming a sustainable healthcare organization does not always have to mean big changes. Small steps often have a large impact, too.

Joe Brothman, director of facilities and general services at UCI Health, spoke with Facilitiesnet about how simply making the switch to battery-powered grounds equipment has benefited patients, visitors and co-workers.

“Over the last two to three years, we have implemented all-electric grounds equipment. It may seem simple, but that change has resulted in immediate outcomes. They’re quieter, they don’t require hazardous materials to operate and they’re battery-powered, so there’s no carbon combustion.” 

Brothman is leading the construction of UCI Health — Irvine, a 1.2 million square foot medical complex near the UCI campus.

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About UCI Health — Irvine

UCI Health — Irvine, a new medical complex under construction at the north end of the UC Irvine campus, will bring unparalleled expertise and the finest evidence-based care that only an academic medical system can offer to the communities of coastal and south Orange County.

As part of UCI Health — which includes the flagship UCI Medical Center in Orange, Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and multiple outpatient care locations — the new 1.2 million-square-foot campus will offer key clinical programs in oncology, digestive health, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and spine surgery.

The nation’s first all-electric, carbon-neutral medical center, UCI Health — Irvine will be home to:

The Joe C. Wen & Family UCI Health Center for Advanced Care, a five-story, 168,000-square-foot medical facility offering the full range of multidisciplinary specialty care for children and adults under a single roof, urgent care services, the Center for Children’s Health and the UCI Health Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders — Opening spring 2024

The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care building, a five-story, 225,000-square-foot tower with 36 private exam rooms, numerous infusion bays and operating rooms — Opening 2024

A seven-story, 350,000-square-foot, acute care hospital with 144 inpatient beds, 10 operating suites and a 24-hour emergency department with 20 treatment rooms — Opening 2025