A new outpatient facility will open by Hoag Hospital Irvine on Sand Canyon Avenue in late 2015.
The Newport Beach-based Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian recently signed a lease for most of the Shady Creek Medical Center, a facility of three buildings.
Called Hoag Health Center Irvine, the new outpatient facility will take up the two 50,000-square-foot buildings. The third building at 7,200 square feet is for retail space – that is, retail medicine.
All three buildings will have exterior storefronts with access from the curb, a design that allows for lots of flexibility for different types of services, said Garth Hogan, executive managing director of global health care services for real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. Hogan represented the developer Pacific Medical Buildings LLC in the lease.
We talked with Sanford Smith, senior vice president of real estate and development for Hoag, and Jake Rohe, vice president of development for Pacific Medical, about what people can expect from the new center. Here are excerpts from the conversation:
Q.What's the difference between an inpatient and an outpatient environment?
Sanford Smith: Inpatient service in an acute setting is something that typically requires that you stay in a hospital bed overnight. Things that require you have a procedure are typically considered acute services. Outpatient services would be where you may have a test or you may have a procedure done, but you're not going to be required to spend the night.
Q.So what's unique about the design of this new facility?
Jake Rohe: There's a 7,200 square-foot retail building, but it's going to be for complementary patient amenities, most likely food-oriented, but you're going to have an area for family members, patients waiting for tests to sit down and relax. Part of the patient experience that we try to get to in health care is one that is different than what a doctor's office has traditionally been in the past. It's a better experience, it's a more holistic experience, and it's hopefully not as daunting.
Q.What kinds of services will the new outpatient facility focus on?
Smith: At this point, it's really premature. What we're trying to do is identify what the specific needs are for that community and then develop a portfolio of services that will complement our acute- care facility. A good example is to look at the health center we have in Newport Beach. It's a little larger of a facility, but we have adapted based upon what the needs are of the community. This process over the next year is about us really diving into what those community needs are and working with our clinical departments. There's actually a fair amount of science that goes into it. Our strategic planning department looks at population, age of population, and there are statistical models that predict the prevalence of diseases and what conditions may be represented in a community. It doesn't necessarily derive the answer, but it helps to inform the thinking around what services are needed.
Q.Generally speaking, what are some characteristics of Irvine that make it a unique place in terms of health care?
Smith: Irvine is a very unique setting as a planned community. As the community grows, you have two things going on: (1) Irvine has traditionally attracted young families and it has a very robust infrastructure of schools and parks. (2) It also has people, like myself, who moved here in our 20s and are now in our 50s, and we're going to need care.
Q.Does this expansion represent any larger trends in the health care industry?
Smith: Historically, people tended to come to hospitals where they got all care delivered. With the evolution of medical technology, things are much less invasive in terms of surgical procedures and much more sophisticated with diagnostic equipment. A lot of those things can be done in a different setting – an outpatient setting. Part of the strategic shift going on in health care is to make sure we are providing the services in the most appropriate setting.This is a very dynamic time in our industry, and we believe that this facility platform will help us meet those growing and changing needs of the city of Irvine, especially as it goes through this very rapid period of growth.
Rohe: This is part and parcel to what is going on in the Affordable Care Act. It's wellness-oriented, so you're not trying to wait until people get very sick, you're trying to change the culture and habits of individuals to be healthier longer.
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