Baptist, Emerus to Open 4 Emergency Hospitals in TX
"Our mission at Baptist Health System is to be an innovative leader in providing quality and accessible health care to the people of San Antonio in a way that best meets our patients' needs," Graham Reeve, president/CEO of Baptist Health System, said in a joint media release. "Minutes matter in an emergency situation and improving access to emergency medical care is crucial to the health and wellbeing of our growing communities. We believe that these free-standing emergency facilities will make a difference in people's lives."
For-profit Baptist Health System is owned by Vanguard Health System.
Hamilton says health systems are coming to recognize the flexibility and economy that smaller emergency hospitals provide.
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"In my opinion, the days of building that $300 million, 50-story hospital are over," he says. "Most hospitals are starting to look at community hospitals more as fire stations. For example, in our buildings they will be co-equipped with primary care physicians, rotating specialists etc., and the community comes to view that facility as its way station before it goes over to the big hospitals. It's the nimble, quicker version where that community doesn't have to drive nearly as far, but has access to those same resources."
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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