What you need to know about micro-hospitals

7:25 AM, Oct 11, 2018
9:39 AM, Dec 12, 2018

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">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 </span></span>HealthCare.gov,</span></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana=""> 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.</span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">What is a micro-hospital?</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">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.</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">Like traditional hospitals, micro-hospitals are open 24/7 and offer between eight and 15 beds for inpatient care.</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">How affordable is a micro-hospital?</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">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.</span></span></span></span>

 

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<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">What is the wait time at a micro-hospital?</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">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.</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">For instance, at </span></span>Phoenix ER and Medical Hospital</span></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">, 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.</span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">What services does a micro-hospital offer?</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">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.</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">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.</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">Other services available include ultrasound, X-ray, CT scan, MRI, EKG, lumbar puncture, ventilation and less than 20 week OB emergencies.</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">On top of this, there is the personalized patient care a smaller staff and smaller patient load can offer.</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">"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."</span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana="">To learn more about the services a micro-hospital can offer, visit </span></span>Phoenix ER & Medical Hospital</span></span><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="font-family:" verdana=""> or take a guided tour between 9-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.</span></span>

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