Sunday, October 18, 2020

Are Micro-Hospitals on Modular Construction's Radar?

Micro Hospitals, small-scale inpatient facilities, are popping up across the country to offer medical care in underserved communities and modular could find yet another market to serve.

The size of small ambulatory-surgery centers, micro-hospitals have an average of eight to 10 short-stay beds each and provide some of the simpler acute and emergency services commonly performed in much bigger hospitals.

They leave complex surgeries to the big guys, but are larger and provide more comprehensive services than the typical urgent care or outpatient center. They range in size from 10,000 sf to 60,000 sf.

With modules for medical facilities averaging between 700-800 sq ft, these micro hospitals could be in the 15 to 85 specialized medical modules. This type of construction should be easy for the modular industry to build, however the expertise needed to build these hospitals with the surgical theatre built in the modular factory may require several factories across the US specializing in this segment of the modular industry.

These micro hospital can be designed for the needs of the community, so if it’s an older community it may be more catheterization lab, and if it’s a younger community it may have more orthopedic procedures

Unlike the typical hospitality, commercial and affordable housing that modular is capable of doing day in and out, micro hospitals will need to have a more specialized set of skilled workers to design and build certain modules. That means the production line, still the best way to build multiple module projects will be slowed down especially the surgical modules. They would be built on the production line until it's time to begin installing all that specialized equipment at which point it would be removed and finished off the production line.

Emerus, a Texas-based company, operates more than 20 micro-hospitals across the country. “Emerus picks locations that have a need for additional emergency room beds,” says Richard Bonnin, Emerus’ communications director. “Increasing access to high-quality emergency care and focusing on the patient-physician relationship has provided a strong foundation for our growth.”

These acute-care hospitals conform to the same federal and state licensing and regulations as a major hospital system.

Compared to full-service hospitals, micro-hospitals are cheaper and faster to build and take up less space. Although the cost varies, building a micro-hospital can cost anywhere from $7 million to $30 million or about $700 a sq ft.

Gary Fleisher, the Real Modcoach, owns the Modcoach Network which includes Modcoach News, Modular Home Coach and Modcoach Connects.

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