But not as quaint as this.

— Photo by Bárdos Veronika Győr 

Providence Health System, in Washington, D.C., is  considering  creating a “health village”.

This would be  a walkable, multiuse area that provides both health and nonhealth services on the campus of Providence, which is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit and Catholic health system. Hospitals & Health Networks reports it could include:

  • “A transformed approach to acute care delivery incorporating rightsizing of emergency care capabilities, paired with the addition of urgent care services and a focus on select medical and surgical services.
  • “Primary care, specialty care, ambulatory surgery, telehealth/virtual care, diagnostic services and pharmacy services.
  • “Expanded post-acute care working with Carroll Manor, Providence’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation center; Ascension Living, which operates senior living, assisted living and long-term care communities; and Ascension At Home, Ascension’s home care partnership.
  • “Partnerships with other organizations to offer services not traditionally considered part of health care but that have an impact on the health of individuals and communities.
  • “Recreation, green space and/or walking trails.”

Darcy Burthay, Providence Health System president and CEO,  told H&HN that, social determinants profounding influence health status is profoundly influenced by social determinants, and that the health village would address service gaps in such areas as prevention of health problems and  care coordination. She said that the transformation would require more emphasis on “ambulatory care-sensitive conditions that are preventable through timely primary-care and wellness services.

To read the Hospitals & Health Networks article, please hit this link.