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?