When Smaller Is Better?: ‘Microhospitals’ Are On The Rise
These facilities are full-service hospitals and offer a full array of emergency services but may have only a handful of beds for admitted patients. Dignity Health is exploring the model for California.
Kaiser Health News:
Sometimes Tiny Is Just The Right Size: ‘Microhospitals’ Filling Some ER Needs
Eyeing fast-growing urban and suburban markets where demand for health care services is outstripping supply, some health care systems are opening tiny, full-service hospitals with comprehensive emergency services but often fewer than a dozen inpatient beds. These “microhospitals” provide residents quicker access to emergency care, and they may also offer outpatient surgery, primary care and other services. They are generally affiliated with larger health care systems, which can use the smaller facility to expand in an area without incurring the cost of a full-scale hospital. (Andrews, 7/19)