More and more medical procedures are moving to the strip mall, thanks to high-deductible insurance plans that are turning patients into penny-pinchers.Hospital systems like Edward-Elmhurst Health are reacting, hedging their bets on what have been lucrative captive practices. Last year it invested $7 million in an outpatient MRI provider that is now poised to grow with backing from another hospital system.
Urgent message: Availability of hospital-affiliated urgent care can not only lower the burden on overcrowded EDs, but also help capture new business and keep existing patients within the health system.
Hospitals have operated urgent care centers for over 25 years; today, estimates of how many centers are affiliated with hospitals range from 15% to 20%.
Becker's Healthcare is pleased to recognize the following 60 CEOs, presidents and administrators of critical access hospitals. The men and women included on this list are at the helm of organizations regularly recognized for safety and quality. Many led their hospitals through expansions, mergers and EHR implementations. The individuals on this list are also key members of the community, serving on corporate boards and state-level initiatives to improve access to care.