Micro-hospitals, small full-service health care facilities, are adding another dimension to the way we receive care. (IndyStar)
Mystery surrounds ‘micro-hospitals’ planned in Indianapolis area
July 20, 2016 – INDIANAPOLIS — A Texas company is planning to build at least four “micro-hospitals” around central Indiana but isn’t sharing many details about what to expect from the health care facilities.
The Embree Group, a real estate group based in Georgetown, Texas, has purchased sites in Avon, Plainfield, Greenwood, and Noblesville to build small hospitals containing no more than 15 beds.
Numerous phone calls and emails to the Embree Group over recent weeks went unreturned.
The micro-hospital model has been gaining popularity nationwide, and Indiana offers a good environment for them to crop up, said Brian Tabor, executive vice president of the Indiana Hospital Association.
“There are a lot of models like this developing in a number of states across the country, so time will tell whether the ones we see in Indiana are similar,” Tabor said. “Indiana has a well-developed and good health care marketplace.”
Indiana does not have a certificate of need program, which would monitor the number of hospital beds built. Two of Indiana’s neighbors, Illinois and Kentucky, have such programs.
In some areas, micro-hospitals partner with existing health systems. For instance, Emerus, a Texas company which pioneered the concept of micro-hospitals, has collaborated with several different local health care partners to open more than a dozen facilities in Texas and Colorado.