Microhospitals are acute care facilities that are smaller than the typical acute care hospital. They leave complex surgeries to the big guys, but are larger and provide more comprehensive services than the typical urgent care or outpatient center. They range in size from 10,000 sf to 60,000 sf. Microhospitals offer the full services of a hospital emergency department and have labs that provide rapid clinical diagnostics and x-ray, CT, and ultrasound imaging. According to healthcare consultant Advisory Board, microhospitals can meet up to 90% of the healthcare needs of the communities they serve. And they never close.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
+ DISCUSS the business, marketing, and patient-care rationales behind most healthcare systems’ efforts to develop and build microhospitals.
+ DESCRIBE the principal design and construction parameters of the 50+ microhospitals currently operating in the U.S.—square footage, number of inpatient beds, etc.
+ LIST at least three patient services offered by most microhospitals in the U.S.
+ COMPARE and contrast the key design and service features of microhospitals versus urgent care centers in the U.S.