One thing hospitals and care facilities are starting to do is scaled down or even outsource a lot of their services. In a previous post I talked about the dynamics that go into building a hospital. Facilitators are now realizing that a lot of things that go into a hospital can be built off-site or service to another company. Not to oversimplify, but hospitals in their core function need beds for patients, laboratory and medical rooms, cafeteria to feed the patients, and areas for the doctors and nurses to do their work.
There are certain things that happen within a hospital that don’t have to be contained on-site. For example, psychiatric care givers don’t necessarily have to be in the hospital. They can be called in from an outside office as needed. The same goes for social workers, advisers, religious guides, and even legal staff.
Many hospitals in this country are now looking to a model of just keeping core hospital functions within the Main building. They built off-site facilities to handle different areas that used to be contained within the main hospital. If someone needed drug or alcohol care to use to just put them on another floor of the regular hospital. Now they have separate facilities to assist such people. That also allows the staff for that particular building to all be in line with that cause. It allows better overall functionality and ultimately gives better care to the client.
Even such core functionality as waste disposal, maintenance, and housekeeping are now often being contained off-site. Once again this allows for better storage and movement of workers within a certain area. It makes the overall workflow of these departments to run much smoother. Since many departments in a hospital don’t necessarily have to be a 24 Hour Ctr., it allows certain areas to be shut down after a certain period of time to cut down on payroll, electricity, etc. is long is there are a certain number of staff on call at all times all necessary duties will be properly taken care of.
With the advances in medicine these days the time necessary for the patient to actually stay in the hospital has become much shorter. This allows for a lot of care to be handled on an outpatient basis. The patient can be allowed to go home and return to receive aftercare is smaller off-site facility. All outpatient services within a certain department can be handled in one building, and just like the maintenance staff it doesn’t have to be open 24 hours.
Even son injuries can be handled in smaller offices. Broken bones can be be treated in medical offices rather than in hospitals. It frees up the patient flow so more serious cases can be seen faster. One prime example are the Scranton Orthopedic offices in Pennsylvania. Kids with fractures and mild head trauma can be taken there, and in fact, be seen faster. The wait time in a small office is much shorter, and the patient will get more personalized care. If the doctor there feels that more treatment is needed, then he/she can recommend a hospital visit after the initial diagnosis is made.
So if a new hospital were to take certain components of its operation and build them off-site, the core functionality of the facility would run much smoother, and use far less resources than it conventional hospital of the past would.