MetroHealth making smaller hospitals a focus
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.