Magazine article Health Facilities Management

The Morphing Medical Center

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

The Morphing Medical Center

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Over the past few years, the editors of Health Facilities Management (HFM) have dedicated much coverage to the health care organization's move off the main hospital campus and into the community.

Indeed, this was covered extensively in last year's Hospital Construction Survey as well as an entire Trends in Health Care issue in December 2013.

One of the more interesting aspects of these initiatives is the ingenuity employed by health facilities professionals who, in many cases, repurpose existing retail outlets, office buildings and other facilities to provide health care services. Of course, these moves also leave empty spaces in the resulting leaner and higher-acuity hospitals that also need to be redeployed.

Explored more fully in this year's Hospital Construction Survey, conducted by HFM in conjunction with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and sponsor Forbo Flooring Systems, it seems health care organizations are spending a great deal of energy figuring out how to reconfigure parts of their existing acute care facilities. The survey, which is the focus of this month's cover story, finds that inpatient spaces are being repurposed for administrative, ambulatory and observational uses, among others. …

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