HCS 446 Facility Planning
June 20, 2011
Facility Planning Part 1
A great need for an ambulatory care center exists in my community. As of now most services that can be offered in such a setting are done at the hospital as an outpatient service. That service takes up valuable resources that could be used for the inpatient population if an ambulatory care center existed. The community would be well served by an ambulatory care center that provides much needed services without the hassle of hospital registration and waiting times. The ambulatory care center that would be best is a surgery center. Patients currently must use valuable surgery space in the community hospital or travel to an ambulatory care center that performs outpatient surgeries. Surgery centers are convenient alternatives to inpatient surgery for those procedures that don’t really require a hospitalization to be completed. Population
The population being served is a rural community. The community consists of many people who are underserved in the area of health care. The population of people in my community currently must use hospital resources for things that an ambulatory care center can do or travel to the city to seek such services. There is a large population of elderly, uninsured, children, and military. The elderly have a hard time traveling to the doctor’s office let alone to a surgery center that is in the city because the service isn’t offered in the community. The uninsured currently rely on an inpatient admission to receive surgical care that could be offered as an outpatient service. The children of the community would be able to receive routine pediatric surgical care in an outpatient setting leaving complex surgeries for the children’s hospital in the city. We also have a large military base in the community but it only has a small clinic on it. Most care is left up to civilian providers. Many of the people...