Emerging healthcare trends create adaptable design solutions

By Kristina Mehmen

October 15, 2018
INVISION, joined by Phillip Boothby and Luke Leyden from Capital Management for the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics (UIHC), gave a presentation at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo in the Fall of 2018. Our team discussed emerging trends that influence successful clinic designs. Tight capital, disjointed services, and crowded hospital campuses, combined with the desire to improve patient access in a retail environment are common themes heard in the healthcare industry.

Improving access to care

Increasingly, hospital systems are moving outpatient procedures and specialties off their main campuses to alleviate congestion and free up their core facility. Providing aligned services in a strategic, convenient and accessible location meets their patients’ needs and allows for a continuation of care beyond initials visits.

Coordinated care and brand loyalty

Combining like specialties in innovative and coordinated clinics improves the patient experience and bolsters brand loyalty.

Developer driven

More health systems are turning to developer-led clinic models, shifting the burdens of design and construction off their balance sheets and expediting the speed to market of these localized ambulatory developments.

These trends can come together through modern high-quality designs to develop positive outcomes for both patients and health systems. INVISION has designed three off-campus outpatient clinics and four Urgent Care’s for UIHC including their Iowa River Landing East Clinic and their Scott Boulevard Clinic. Both clinics are located near where patients live, work and play. They also offer multiple service lines in one building — all designed to support patients from conception to sustained care for their families – and were built by local developers.