It's out with the old, in with the new.
That's what the design and construction industry will face this year as it serves clients rocked by mergers, acquisitions, consolidations and other effects of managed care.
The vast majority of design and construction firms polled by MODERN HEALTHCARE agree that the mergers and consolidations among hospitals and health systems will continue to decrease new construction projects. However, the restructuring will increase the renovation work being done as departments redesign their existing space. The practice of modernizing the old will keep the construction industry buzzing for the next few years.
Strong market competition will prompt healthcare providers to choose design and construction firms that can offer creative options. Healthcare facilities will seek modern, flexible design at competitive pricing.
The number of new ambulatory facilities will continue to skyrocket, as will the number of assisted-living facilities.
The pressure to do more with less is forcing the healthcare industry to turn to developers that can do everything from choose the site to the actual management and ownership of the property. This attractive option enables hospitals to invest their capital in other areas, such as technology purchases.
Patient-focused designs will continue to be the client's No. 1 request. In fact, most design and construction companies say that patient-friendly environments will remain a strong trend for the next several years.