Micro-hospitals (also known as Neighborhood or Community Hospitals) are full-scaled hospitals scaled down to a smaller setting often 10,000 - 20,000 sq ft in size. This type of hospital is great for quick geographic expansion and lean staffing allowing for greater efficiency and return on investment. Micro-hospitals have reportedly higher satisfaction scores and act as an introduction for new patients to the health system making these healthcare facilities popular in recent year for systems breaking into new geographic areas.
Some considerations if you are looking to incorporate this facility model into your healthcare system include:
- Positioning: Are you planning to enter a new market or perhaps bolster an area to reach new patients?
- Plan for efficiency: These smaller facilities don't need the large supply stockpiles like their larger counterparts, eliminating the need for additional cabinets and cubbies.
- Avoid overengineering: Keep in mind when planning these smaller settings, they treat the patients that can be treated and arrange for immediate stabilization and transfer of others.
- Build consensus: From leadership down to the physicians and clinical staff, an understanding must be found as to what efficiencies will be kept and where to set the limitations for this model.
- Craft the message: Let people know what your facility has to offer and educate them on the benefits and your offerings.
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