Jacobs is executive vice president of Caddis Partners, a Dallas real estate developer that built and owns the convenience center's structure. Caddis leases it long-term to Memorial Hermann, which staffs and operates the clinic housed there.
The facility sits on 9.3 acres, with another 3 acres set aside for possible future expansion. It offers patients access to Memorial Hermann's primary-care physicians and specialists; a 24-hour emergency room; CT, X-ray and 3D mammography scans; a lab; and a sports medicine/rehabilitation center.
“They've done it both ways,” Jacobs said. “They've built them and owned them, (but) right now their favored approach is to let the developer bring all of the capital to fund the construction of the project. As a developer, that's great for us. We would love to do more.”
From the healthcare system's perspective, “it started a couple of years ago when Memorial Hermann was looking at our growth strategy and how we could go into the markets that we felt had coverage gaps and were medically underserved,” explained Teal Holden, the system's vice president of operations for ambulatory services.
Memorial Hermann now has five convenience centers, with three more under construction. Typically, the convenience centers are within a 10-mile radius of an existing Memorial Hermann hospital.
“It's definitely a convenience thing,” Holden said. “We want to make certain that we're serving communities with a high growth rate. We wanted to make sure we had enough coverage out there from a primary-care perspective and an emergency-care perspective to take care of those patients as well.”
A small number (7%) of healthcare architects and designers saw promising opportunities in “micro-hospitals,” a step up from the convenience center. A micro-hospital typically includes eight to 12 inpatient beds to go along with the ER, radiology labs and rehab facilities.