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Q&A with Brett Lee, president of Texas Health Frisco

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | April 24, 2020
From the April 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

HCB News: Texas Health Frisco touts the environmentally friendly campus. Was that focus something driven by leadership, something in-demand from the community or some other mix?
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BL: That’s a great question because I think this is where you really start to see the power and benefit of getting feedback from the community before you build a facility in their backyard. This was absolutely driven by feedback we received from our focus groups. Certain things are very important to our community in Frisco. One is that it’s a very environmentally conscious community. They know intuitively that hospitals are typically big energy drains and wanted to make sure we were being mindful and good stewards of our environment. So that’s where we made decisions around using native Texas landscaping so that we reduced our irrigation needs. We use reclaimed rainwater to make sure we’re reducing water utilization. We have a strong focus on recycling and use building materials that help to reflect the heat to reduce the energy use needed for cooling.

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HCB News: What has the community’s reception been?

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BL: It has been great and we worked hard for that. We worked with the community on partnerships to support local businesses. So rather than going out and creating another chain coffee shop for instance, we partnered with a local shop to show our dedication to local businesses. We also partnered with local non-profits like Frisco Family Services, which sponsors a food bank. We’re inviting some of their families in need to participate in cooking classes and nutrition education. We’re part of the community and want to be supportive of it and appreciative of that fact.

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