in North Ridgeville, about 20 miles west of Cleveland, will in
2017 support the system’s west-side hospitals: Elyria Medical
Center and St. John Medical Center.
While the size and shape of each new location may vary, they
share a common denominator. “Our whole model is around
primary care physicians,” says Richard Hanson, president of
University Hospitals’ community hospitals and ambulatory
network. “So we don’t build a site until we have a large primary
care mix in that location, and then we bring the specialists out to
that site where our primary care physicians are already located.”
Even still, leaders are careful to assess demand before
placing physicians anywhere, particularly for specialists,
says Hanson. Some outpatient centers, as a result, include
timeshare suites in which each specialty physician might
work two days per week, and work out of other centers the
remaining days. “That way you’re offering services locally but
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centers. While some of these facilities help support the
growing network, the organization is on the lookout for
remaining community need.
“We believe in the importance of outpatient services, so
what we’ve been doing is strengthening the current sites and
adding new ones,” Tait explains.
For example, Elyria and Parma Medical Centers are two
hospitals that became wholly owned parts of the UH system
in 2014. Set to open this summer, UH’s Broadview Heights
Health Center, located south of Cleveland, has been designed to
integrate with them by offering on an outpatient basis a range
of primary and specialty care physicians (cardiology and orthopedics), laboratory services, diagnostic imaging and radiology
services, as well as emergency and urgent care.
A similar 50,300-square-foot ambulatory health center
and freestanding emergency department under construction
>ACCESSIBLE CARE. Paul Szilagyi is vice
president of primary care and medical
centers for Henry Ford Health System in
Detroit. He says a key initiative for his
system is to be able to offer a variety of
healthcare access points to patients in a
variety of ways.