MetroHealth mak­ing smaller hos­pi­tals a fo­cus

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Ly­dia Coutré, Crain’s Cleve­land Busi­ness

Cleve­land-based MetroHealth’s 12and 16-bed hos­pi­tals com­ing on­line next year will join the ranks of a se­ries of other so-called “mi­cro-hos­pi­tals” open­ing around the coun­try. Th­ese small 24/7 in­pa­tient fa­cil­i­ties are de­signed to fill ser­vice gaps in hyper-lo­cal mar­kets that couldn’t sup­port a full-scale hos­pi­tal.

In a $25 mil­lion project, MetroHealth plans to add sin­gle-oc­cu­pancy pa­tient rooms to its Cleve­land Heights and Parma fa­cil­i­ties, which al­ready have an emer­gency depart­ment and ser­vices in­clud­ing lab, phar­macy and ra­di­ol­ogy. With the ad­di­tion of 12 beds in Cleve­land Heights and 16 in Parma, the fa­cil­i­ties will each be­come com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals-a term MetroHealth CEO Dr. Akram Boutros prefers to mi­cro-hos­pi­tal.

Both of the fa­cil­i­ties are for­mer HealthS­pan ur­gent-care sites and med­i­cal of­fices. The HealthS­pan dis­so­lu­tion last year has al­lowed MetroHealth to ex­pand quickly and at a rel­a­tively mod­est cost. In ad­di­tion to tak­ing on th­ese sites, MetroHealth hired many of the physi­cians that had been part of HealthS­pan’s med­i­cal group.

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