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In an article published this week by RE Journals, HSA PrimeCare EVP Robert Titzer discusses the recent increase of urgent care facilities and the consolidation of healthcare real estate.
Healthcare providers are focused on continuing to provide quality care while cutting economic inefficiencies, which has driven a dramatic rise in urgent care facilities. According to a recent Cushman & Wakefield report, urgent care centers have increased by 44% in the past five years.
“There are huge cost pressures on hospital systems these days and by using urgent care centers they can take some of the patient traffic that they would ordinarily see in their emergency rooms, which is a very high-cost place to treat people,” said Titzer. “They can either divert it from the emergency room or they can pick them up before they even consider coming to an emergency room.”
Along with locations in stand-alone retail buildings, urgent care centers are being integrated into larger medical office buildings where patients can be easily referred to specialists within the building and laboratory and imaging services can be shared.
“As part of consolidating facilities, hospital systems are adding those urgent care centers in with their bigger facilities that are out in the community so that they can keep more services in one spot, consolidate their operations and make them more efficient,” Titzer said.
One example of this, is the medical office building HSA PrimeCare is developing on campus at Silver Cross Hospital. The 40,000-square-foot facility will house the hospital’s urgent care, primary care, and occupational health clinics among other medical tenants, and it is expected to relieve the campus’ emergency room by diverting lower-risk patients to urgent care. The building is scheduled for completion in December of 2019, and there is medical space available for lease.
To read the full article, visit RE Journals.
HSA PrimeCare broke ground on a 40,000-square-foot medical office pavilion on Silver Cross Hospital’s campus in New Lenox, Ill., immediately west of the I-355/I-80 interchange. Scheduled for completion in December 2019, the state-of-the-art facility will house the hospital’s urgent care, occupational health and primary care clinics, among other medical tenants, and will be situated on the west side of campus on Silver Cross Boulevard, just south of the new Silver Oaks Behavioral Health Hospital.
“Silver Cross is very excited to offer urgent-care services on the hospital campus as a faster, easier alternative to the emergency room for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses,” said Molly Brusca, administrative director of physician relations at Silver Cross Hospital.
Silver Cross Urgent Care will offer patients prompt care and treat myriad conditions — from the common cold and flu to infections, minor burns and allergic reactions. Patients will be treated by a licensed clinical practitioner and will enjoy convenient hours and easy access to other on-campus medical services. Housed in the same building, Silver Cross’ occupational health and primary care clinics will provide additional healthcare services.
“We are pleased to once again assist Silver Cross Hospital with the continued expansion of its hospital campus,” said John Wilson, president of HSA PrimeCare. “With the existing buildings approaching full capacity, it’s the ideal time to develop yet another cutting-edge facility that will give additional healthcare providers the opportunity to establish a presence on campus.”
HSA PrimeCare has a longstanding partnership with Silver Cross Hospital dating back to 2008, when the hospital first chose the firm to develop and manage the two-story, 53,000-square-foot medical office building primarily occupied by Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago physician offices, Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, and Hinsdale Orthopedics. The hospital again selected HSA PrimeCare to develop the state-of-the-art University of Chicago Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital operated by Silver Cross Hospital and University of Chicago Medicine in 2011 and to expand the facility to 21,000 square feet in 2014. That year, the firm also developed Silver Cross’ 30,000-square-foot business center to house offices, hospital support departments, EMS training and IT for the hospital.
Strategically located at the confluence of I-355 and I-80 in growing New Lenox, Silver Cross Hospital is the premier location for healthcare delivery to Chicago’s southwest suburbs. Eppstein Uhen Architects is the architect for the new project, while PREMIER Design + Build is serving as general contractor.