Kansas City Star: Saint Luke’s enters the micro hospital business
Consumer-driven care continues to push satellite emergency departments outward from their mother-ship hospitals, with several health systems offering a mixture of remote ERs and local specialty clinics to meet this need.
A new concept takes that even further. Overland Park residents will be the first to see a “whole group” of facilities called micro-hospitals in the next few years, said Dr. Melinda Estes, CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System.
Micro-hospitals are just what they sound like: smaller versions of full-service hospitals that include beds for admissions, trauma care, diagnostics and other services. One key distinction these closer facilities tout: shorter waits.