We all want to live longer, feel better and pay less for our medical needs. We also want quality healthcare when we need it and where we need it. As consumers take ownership of their health and pay a larger portion of their medical bills, healthcare providers must respond to patients’ demands for better satisfaction and efficiency.
To meet this demand, providers across Indiana are investing $900 million in new medical facilities. Hospitals and doctor offices face increased pressure to create medical buildings that meet patients’ demand for high quality and affordability. That doesn’t mean they want to build more hospitals; they just want more choice and flexibility with wraparound services in a one-stop-shop location.
Investing in a new medical facility might mean new construction for an urgent care medical clinic, hospital emergency room or physical rehabilitation center, but the same medical design goals can also be accomplished with a change in facility design.
The construction management experts at CF Jones Construction can guide your healthcare group through the new construction or a redesign of a medical facility, so it remains adaptable and changeable to meet patient needs and achieve the highest patient satisfaction.
Here are some medical construction design trends for 2017 to consider as you plan a new building or update your current medical facility
Fewer Inpatient Beds, More Outpatient Services
New hospital construction tends to include fewer inpatient beds and more outpatient services. This reflects a steady decline in the number of patients staying overnight in the hospital, changes to medical insurance coverage and more patients unwilling to foot a huge medical bill.
With advances in medical procedures and technology, many hospitals get a better return on their capital investment by offering more outpatient services and better care coordination with targeted groups, such as children, the elderly and women.
Another trend geared toward serving a population that seeks more care in an outpatient setting is the microhospital. A few states – Texas, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona – have developed these tiny, full-service hospitals to serve a mostly urban and suburban market who seek a quicker response to their emergency needs.
Experts believe more of these mini hospitals with robust outpatient services need to be built in rural areas where residents may have limited access to medical services. Most microhospitals offer a limited number of inpatient beds, but also offer an emergency room, pharmacy, lab, radiology and surgery.
A large family medicine practice surrounded by select healthcare specialists who share patient access for quality patient care is also gaining steam. This type of business model offers patients a range of outpatient services, including some surgical and invasive procedures that require an overnight stay.
More facilities are choosing to design more elaborate outpatient facilities with observation beds and partial hospital stays to meet this growing need.
From medical office buildings to specialized healthcare facilities, the experienced CF Jones team of general contractors can help you adapt any facility to meet specific requirements and specialized equipment for future needs. Contact us today.