HealthCare Construction: A New Generation

After the 90’s, a healthcare construction revolution occurred, leading to the creation of Ambulatory Out-Patient Surgery Centers and more independent advanced medical practices. The idea of seamless, independent, self-sufficient medical centers is exciting—but first, let us clear one thing up: What does this mean, exactly?

No medical center can be completely self-sufficient; after all, some people still need to visit hospitals. However, it made sense for Outpatient Surgery Centers to pop up throughout the nation. Enter Transformation!

Healthcare Construction: Under Transformation

It has been at least a decade since the introduction of Ambulatory Surgery Centers to the medical industry and the movement is enduring a reform. The crux of this reform is due, in part, to the public service sector’s push to deliver easy access to healthcare for its consumers. Also, Ambulatory Surgery Centers offer routine, lower-risk procedures in a more convenient setting, which has helped bolster the move towards healthcare construction revolution for surgical centers. Medical device companies have enjoyed the change to Outpatient Surgery Centers with the advantage of more sales opportunities for medical equipment.   Physicians themselves have gained interest in using Outpatient Surgery Centers to optimize care at a higher ROI. Perhaps, more importantly though, the greatest push for these institutions has come from patients who want to enjoy superior care and advanced surgical procedures at rates 35% to 50% lower than hospitals. With the multitude of modern options in design available, including special accommodations for sterility, patient privacy and comfort that reduces contamination and legal liabilities, a revolution in healthcare construction has come sooner than expected.

What are some of the major issues surrounding the transition?

The first consideration involves the group of practices coming together to form a partnership in an Ambulatory Surgery Center. The group must focus on a balance of cash-pay or elective medical procedures, insurance-reimbursed medical procedures, and charity work to optimize success.   It is also usually wise to utilize the services of a consulting firm that specializes in medicine to assist with customized logistics. Medical consulting firms specializing in healthcare construction are familiar with the unique considerations associated with ambulatory surgery centers, including Medicare approved facilities and accreditation consulting for AAAASF Healthcare, JCAHO Healthcare, and similar organizations. Some of these considerations include special guidelines for air quality and supply, air movement and flow, ventilation rates, room pressure differential and back-up power options. Healthcare construction without support may become problematic, especially if the current construction firm is unable to meet the appropriate level of support or user demands specific to the practice group.

​​There are numerous reasons why medical practices would want to move to a 21st-century Ambulatory Surgery Center. First and foremost is the need to develop a more efficient system for quality care. For many practices, the current systems are outdated or no longer available, and cost prohibitive. The purpose of constructing these advanced institutions is to improve patient care and provide a higher ROI. With healthcare construction at your fingertips, enhanced efficiency, lowered costs, , and higher patient-satisfaction levels, the list of reasons to open an Ambulatory Surgery Center can be long. The added benefits of optimized efficiency, redundancy elimination, cross contamination reduction, and injury or error risks reduced are exciting. These institutions can also fully manage soiled utility, gas supply, clean utility, pre-op rooms, post-op rooms, control center reception, staff lounge and sterile processing, and other required amenities. According to the HIMSS survey, trends in health care indicate that the top three business issues facing the healthcare industry are reducing medical errors, cost pressures, and patient satisfaction. Today’s healthcare construction options potentially alleviate such strains.

Do Patients Like them?

Increased patient satisfaction often leads to more word-of-mouth referrals, greater revenue, and higher ROI. Simply put, the ability to address patient inquiries at a moment’s notice and to benefit from the enhanced safety, simplicity, and lowered costs increase desirability for both patients and physicians.  Additionally, advanced medical technology availability and extra comfort aids is promising. The patient’s ability to visit a nearby, self-sufficient center can offer a great convenience. Personalized care at Out-Patient Centers can strengthen the physician-patient bond. So, demonstrating the understanding of patient needs, coupled with a 21st-century up-to-date practice, can only create a win-win solution.

Final Thoughts

There are many options available today for turning a medical practice into a streamlined Ambulatory Surgery Center. At the end of the day, physicians will need healthcare construction that works for their brand of medicine. Whatever construction companies choose, can go a long way toward helping the physicians’ bottom line. Patients will appreciate the modern conveniences that the center can provide, and they should return the favor with more referrals for the center. Thus, the transformation is on its way!

By Leslie Ranft.

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