When you think of electric vehicles, you may not immediately think of the healthcare industry; however, studies show air quality and personal health are closely tied together.
Poor air quality standards create an environement for illness. Installing electric vehicle charging stations at hospitals, doctor’s offices, and medical centers it promotes more options for an ever-growing EV community looking to make a positive environmental change.
Installation of charging stations in doctor’s lots and hospital garages provides doctors and healthcare administrators with an opportunity to promote a commitment to a healthy, wellbeing and eco-friendly space.
Staff, Patient, and Family Convenience
Thousands of people- medical staff, administrative staff, patients, and families- come in and out of major hospitals and medical centers every day, making them prime locations for EV charging station. Most staff are on site for long hours and consider the hospital their second home, making charging stations a convenience for them is extraordinary, but charging stations also play a role in patient care.
Doctors and hospital staff are always trying to find ways to improve quality of life for patients. Healthcare providers are getting the opportunity to send out a message about improving both air quality and quality of life for patients with charging stations.
Many health care centers have taken the initiative to install electric vehicle charging stations. One is Kaiser Permanente. In their article “Kaiser Permanente Powers Up with Electric Vehicle Chargers”, Richard Trogman, Chief Operating Officer, said, “By providing easy and convenient access to charging stations, we want to encourage clean commuting and expand the safety net for the growing number of electric vehicle drivers in our community.”
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, reduction in global economic output as a direct result of air pollution will be approximately $330 per person by 2060, and pollution-related annual healthcare costs in the U.S. will soar to $176 billion.
Poor air quality is increasing while health care costs go up, and confusion about health insurance benefits grows, costing patients and hospitals alike. Reducing healthcare costs from poor air quality saves lives and medical costs.
Sending a Green Message
Just as doctors want to send the message that they care about patients, installing EV charging stations is a great way for hospitals to send the message that they care about their communities. Showing staff and patients that a healthcare institution is taking steps to increase the ease of a sustainable transportation is imperative in shaping a culture of change.