Medical Office Space Trends For The New Year
South Florida Hospital News | By: Kenneth A. Weston
The driving force for increases in medical office space in 2012 will be the increasing shift from in-patient to outpatient care. Look for an increase in the demand for medical office space as hospitals and other healthcare providers continue their expansion into outpatient facilities. These outpatient centers are being developed both on on-campus and off-campus locations.
Outpatient centers will be opening in places where there are rooftops, both in suburbs and urban areas. A new center is planned for Brickell Avenue and another project is in the planning stages near downtown Miami.
Despite uncertainties in healthcare reform and the sagging economy, some medical office projects in South Florida have done well. Another factor adding to their success is the growth in the baby boomer population. As a result of this growth, there is an increased demand for outpatient facilities ranging from physician offices, urgent care centers, ambulatory surgical centers, diagnostic centers and specialty treatment centers.