Navigant was engaged by Kettering Health Network to develop a business case and rationale for an innovative network development strategy that included micro-hospitals. Kettering Health Network needed advice on how to develop a framework to help them decide where they should consider deploying micro-hospitals and what was required to meet their financial and operational goals.
Some of the key challenges included not only defining the ideal mix of services and scanning for sub-markets to pursue but also defining a prototype micro-hospital that could be developed in phases or modules depending on the market characteristics. Kettering leadership also challenged the team to create a template micro-hospital that was ultra-efficient in terms of space and operations, while leveraging central Kettering Health Network resources.
Navigant worked in partnership with Kettering Health Network to define the strategic rationale for a micro hospital in the context of their market and their strategic goals. Several imperatives for developing a micro-hospital emerged during the planning phase which included:
- The need to improve access to primary and secondary care for patients
- Expanding the reach of health system and generating tertiary care referrals
- Creating barriers to entry for competition
- Enabling the right care in the right setting to optimize care delivery across the network and geography
- Capital avoidance at the main tertiary hospital campus
The team studied various potential sub-markets, defined the target scope of services, physician strategy, virtual care strategy, capacity requirements, staffing models, space needs, floor plan template, and total project budget – a full package to plan from and deploy in the market.
The engagement was successful and has set Kettering on the path of deploying its first micro-hospital in Troy, OH.
Early Concept Diagram
The preliminary floor plan diagram below (courtesy of e4h Architecture) represents the relative scale of various components but also the operational vision for a cost-effective and efficient facility. The concept enables phased construction to match market demand and pace of success, but also keeps a compact layout with key relationships to create important staffing efficiencies.