Medical Real Estate

By Steve Barrett
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Ready-Made Hospital Rooms for Sale

Amazon has entered the prefab hospital room market.

Yes, there is such a thing.

EIR Healthcare is selling its MedModular rooms on Amazon for $285,000 apiece, according to CNBC. The New York-based company says at $814 per square foot, that’s a bargain compared with conventional construction.

A bathroom and bed come standard in the customizable rooms, according to EIR Healthcare.

“We’re targeting hospitals and health systems,” Grant Geiger, CEO of EIR Healthcare, tells CNBC. “There’s a trend toward bringing more transparency in the healthcare space.”

Hospitals are considering using the rooms in urgent care facilities or simulation labs, Geiger says, and the units could prove useful to the military as well. The company delivers the rooms by truck in large shipping containers.

Ambulatory Care Facility Design in Transition

Design of ambulatory care facilities is shifting in response to broader changes in health care, according to Catherine Gow, Principal of Health Facilities Planning for Francis Cauffman Architects.

Gow, whose firm has offices in Philadelphia and New York, spells out some of those changes in an article in Healthcare Design magazine.

Interdisciplinary care spaces are succeeding individual practice models to accommodate patients who can benefit from seeing multiple providers during a visit. This fosters greater efficiency, according to Gow. A model her team developed for a New York client grew patient volume by 3,000 per physician per year.

Ambulatory care centers are also building trust with their communities by making room for exercise classes, wellness fairs and similar efforts, and more facilities are catering to younger staff who want spaces for wellness and access to nature, Gow notes.

Beating a Technological Path to Efficient Design

Wearable monitoring devices have the potential to shake up medical facility design, according to experts with architectural firm Hoefer Wysocki.

Writing on the website for Medical Construction & Design, John Castorina, AIA, ACHA, Managing Partner of National Healthcare for Hoefer Wysocki’s Dallas practice, and Patrick McCurdy, AIA, Vice President and Healthcare Practice Leader at the Kansas City, Kansas, practice, point to design-influencing efficiencies such devices can generate.

For example, patients arriving for a physical can put on wearable devices at check-in to monitor vital signs. This speeds providers’ access to real-time information, Castorina and McCurdy note, and alerts them to patients who have more urgent needs.

At the same time, it reduces the need for nurses and administrative staff to record patient information — and thus reduces the amount of space needed for those purposes. The offices can then work with architects or engineers to devote more space to patient care.