As healthcare delivery continues to shift in an outpatient setting, the volume of new medical office development continues to grow. More so, it is increasingly common to see healthcare providers take space in smaller community retail centers near hospital campuses due to the feasibility of the location.
Sizing Guidelines for Medical Clinics
General guidelines for sizing indicate that for each provider in your practice, you will need four to five exam rooms (9’ X 9’), one radiology suite, a centralized nursing area, and one procedure room. Your clinic must have a welcoming reception area, medical record/business office designed for privacy, an enclosed break room, a doctor’s office, and adequate storage space. It is also best to have shared space for reception, lab, and nursing areas when blending urgent care, occupational health, physical therapy, and/or primary care. However, planning for future development of any of these services may require careful planning early on in order to prevent poor patient flow and ultimately reduce the construction cost.
Distinct Features of Medical Clinic Builds
Medical clinic builds look similar from the outside, but are quite different from traditional retail or office spaces. In fact, medical clinics are typically separate entities from hospitals and large healthcare facilities. Let’s take a look at our 7 real estate tips below, in order to be successful at designing medical clinics.
Our team of experts deliver quality and consistency in open/operational healthcare environments where we have built our fair share of these medical clinics with the utmost priority in safety, security, and cleanliness. Thus, the healthcare operator must take into consideration many issues that do not pertain to a typical business. For instance, many healthcare professionals should ask a landlord for exclusivity during negotiations to prevent a rival healthcare practice with the same specialty to open within the surrounding area. In addition, determining the most desirable proximity to patient base, hospitals, neighboring practices, and competition all have a vital role to play in the future welfare of your business.
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