Real Estate is Changing the Future of New Health Care Facilities

Is it the end of the mega-hospital? Health care facilities are moving from monolithic, acute care settings to urgent care-type retail stores scattered around communities. “It would be safe to say that the vast majority of existing hospitals are overbuilt and do not staff the number of patient beds the hospitals were originally designed for, especially if the hospital was built pre-2000,”explains Frank Fehribach, director of real estate for VMG Health. “Because of the shifting away from inpatient to outpatient and the shortening of inpatient stays, most hospitals are trying to adjust their real estate to this new reality.” Physician locations also factor into the location of hospitals and treatment facilities.


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