Cen­tura to open hy­brid ED/ur­gent-care cen­ters

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

Like many sys­tems, En­gle­wood, Colo.-based Cen­tura Health is turn­ing to re­tail-ori­ented health­care to of­fer more con­ve­nient, ac­ces­si­ble care. Its new­est offering, a free-stand­ing hy­brid ur­gent­care/emer­gency depart­ment, could help re­solve un­cer­tainty and cost con­cerns pa­tients face when de­cid­ing whether to go to an ED or seek ur­gent care.

Over the next eight months, the 16-hos­pi­tal sys­tem will open four free­stand­ing cen­ters that of­fer both emer­gency and ur­gent care 24/7, with an em­pha­sis on pro­vid­ing the lat­ter, low­er­cost op­tion when pos­si­ble. Cen­tura serves pa­tients across Colorado and western Kansas, and is jointly spon­sored by En­gle­wood-based Catholic Health Ini­tia­tives and Ad­ven­tist Health Sys­tem, based in Al­ta­monte Springs, Fla.

Cen­tura is de­vel­op­ing the cen­ters in a joint ven­ture with the Larkin Group, an op­er­a­tor of free-stand­ing EDs based in Bel­laire, Texas, that will man­age the cen­ters. This is the first non­hos­pi­tal-based project to emerge from the joint ven­ture, formed in June.

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