Modern hospitals provide crucial services to treat people with serious medical concerns. However, upon discharge, patients can go home with a serious amount of medical debt. According to HealthCare.gov, fixing up a broken leg can cost around $7,500. The average three-day hospital stay can cost up to $30,000. That's where the new health care trend of micro-hospitals comes in.
What is a micro-hospital?
Envisioned as something between a traditional hospital and an urgent care facility, a micro-hospital is usually between 20,000 and 50,000 square feet in size and located in a neighborhood setting. The idea behind the concept is that the micro-hospital fills the need for certain inpatient services for patients who need medical care but don't want to travel long distances or pay the steep price of receiving care in a large hospital setting.
Like traditional hospitals, micro-hospitals are open 24/7 and offer between eight and 15 beds for inpatient care.
How affordable is a micro-hospital?
Because services are offered in a smaller, personal setting without the massive overhead a large hospital carries, micro-hospitals are able to offer care at a steeply discounted price.
What is the wait time at a micro-hospital?
The goal of micro-hospitals is to get patients admitted and cared for as quickly as possible, which they're able to do because of their convenient locations close to where patients live but don't have the problem of overcrowding bigger institutions struggle with. People may walk in at any time with no appointment required.
For instance, at Phoenix ER and Medical Hospital, complete blood panel labs can be drawn, tested and reported within 45 minutes. MRIs can be taken, interpreted and reviewed within 60 minutes. Heart attack patients can receive electrocardiography and Troponin tests within two hours of experiencing their first symptoms.
What services does a micro-hospital offer?
Micro-hospitals can offer the same care you would expect at a large hospital ER. Dehydration, headaches or migraines, abdominal pain, chest pain, serious infections, pneumonia, tachycardia, acute arthritis, heat stroke, blood clots and bronchitis are a few of the ailments a patient can get treatment for.
People who need trauma care for burns, bites, head injuries, sprains, fractions and sports injuries would also be a good fit for the services a micro-hospital offers.
Other services available include ultrasound, X-ray, CT scan, MRI, EKG, lumbar puncture, ventilation and less than 20 week OB emergencies.
On top of this, there is the personalized patient care a smaller staff and smaller patient load can offer.
"The staff genuinely cares about the health of everyone visiting the facility, the technology is cutting edge, and the clinicians are experienced, licensed leaders," according to Phoenix ER and Medical Center. "It offers the speed of service enjoyed by freestanding emergency department patients and the higher level of care experienced by large hospital patients."
To learn more about the services a micro-hospital can offer, visit Phoenix ER & Medical Hospital or take a guided tour between 9-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.