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Welcome to the ‘bedless hospital’


Bye-bye bed.

A  growing number of healthcare providers are building facilities with a wide range of hospital-type services but without inpatient beds.  Modern Healthcare focuses on a couple of them, including Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center  —  a 63,000-square-foot, $44 million pediatric outpatient center in Michigan that will have “a 24-hour pediatric-emergency room, operating rooms for a range of pediatric surgeries, and outpatient care in several specialties, including cardiology, neurology and oncology.”

“Similarly, Montefiore Medical Center in New York opened a ‘bedless hospital’ last year in the Bronx. The $152 million, 12-floor, 280,000-square-foot tower features 12 operating rooms, exam rooms, a headache clinic, imaging facilities and, eventually, a full-service pharmacy—but no inpatient beds.”

Driving much of this is cost.

These facilities raise the definitional question: Can it be a “hospital” and yet not have inpatient beds?

“There are way fewer big projects and more highly focused smaller facilities,” Paul Strohm, director of global healthcare practice at design and architecture firm HOK, said. “We’re designing facilities that are smaller and more efficient and more flexible.”

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