Hospitals are changing the way they serve their patients. As Suzy Cobin, senior vice president with HSA PrimeCare, the medical office division of Chicago’s HSA Commercial Real Estate, says, medical providers today are bringing their services closer to their patients.
This means an increase in ambulatory and other outpatients centers, including such specialty facilities as cancer-care centers.
Large health systems are opening these in locations that are often far from their central locations. And while these centers provide additional medical services to their patients, running off-site facilities also often helps these medical providers reduce their own costs.
It’s a trend, then, that Cobin doesn’t see ending soon.
“A lot of this comes down to the Baby Boomers and how health providers care for them,” Cobin said. “People have longer life expectancies now. They need a different level of care.”
HSA PrimeCare is actively involved in this trend. The company recently began development of a 9,800-square-foot medical office building in River Forest, Ill., one that will be fully leased to Loyola University Health System’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. The hospital will use the medical office building for urgent care, primary care, orhtopedic care and radiology outpatient services. HSA Commercial will own and manage the building.
“We want the best for our patients, and that means providing them with care that is delivered in state-ofthe art facilities that are close to home,” said Patricia Cassidy, president of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, in a written statement. “We have a good working relationship with HSA and we are confident that this project will be successful.”
Also recently, HSA PrimeCare worked with Franciscan St. Anthony Health of Michigan City, Ind., to plan and develop a 19,593-square-foot cancer treatment center on the hospital’s outpatient campus in Michigan City. Franciscan St. Anthony Health’s oncology practice occupies 18,417 square feet of the facility, with the rest used as medical office space.
HSA PrimeCare also planned and developed the 22,869-square-foot outpatient cancer treatment center at the Silver Cross Hospital replacement campus in New Lenox, Ill. This facility is a collaboration between Silver Cross and University of Chicago Medicine designed to bring oncology services to the residents of Will County, Ill., an area not located all that close to the University of Chicago.
– Dan Rafter