Our hospitals offer high quality and holistic healthcare in an environment where patients can find both healing and wholeness. Because our committed group of medical professionals with state-of-the-art facilities takes a patient-centered approach, our hospitals provide effective diagnoses and treatments with compassionate care for all segments of the population.
Our flagship hospital, Believers Church Medical College Hospital, with its world-class infrastructure facilities and learning resources, trains aspiring medical students in medical, nursing, and allied health sciences to become efficient and well-equipped doctors who reach out to people in need and meet the growing healthcare needs of the world around them.
For patients, micro-hospitals offer 24-hour care that cannot be found at health care clinics located inside drugstores or urgent care clinics. By offering emergency rooms and overnight beds, micro-hospitals can treat gastrointestinal pain, broken bones, minor trauma, and other illnesses for patients who require only a one- or two-night stay.
1. What is a micro-hospital?
Micro-hospitals are independently licensed facilities with acuity comparable to a community hospital but at a fraction of the size.  Though the term has grown to include hospitals ranging in size from 15-50 beds.
 
The buildings range in size from about 30,000 to 100,000 square feet because they often function as a "health plex" and include ancillary service lines and physician offices.  The idea is to deliver pre-acute care in a given community where people work, live and play, bring a higher level of service than what you would find with just a retail clinic or urgent care facility.
2. Why micro-hospital?
Through micro-hospitals we can provide more services to the community than a freestanding emergency room, and their activity levels are much broader than your average urgent care center.  Along with being a resource hub for our Doctor Lync Telemedicine initiative, these just make sense!
 
  • Single access point for multiple levels of care and specialty, creating an ambulatory pavilion along the continuum of care.
  • Differentiated for population health initiatives
  • Provides value to patients and providers
    • Coordinated transfers to a higher level of care
      • Getting the patient to the right place the first time
    • Reduces overcrowding
    • Ability to co-locate primary and specialty care in the same facilities.
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  • Micro-Hospitals are a testbed for innovation – pricing, quality, clinical efficiency, and capital efficiency.
 
The acuity level of a micro-hospital is slightly lower than that of a community hospital, but it serves a significantly different patient population than an urgent care center.  The value proposition of the micro-hospital manifests when it is considered as part of an overall delivery system through Doctor Lync Telemedicine — it is uniquely positioned to deliver care in a more cost and operationally efficient manner.  The result is a branded healthcare destination that facilitates continuous patient engagement.
 
3. Staying Small!
The idea of staying small is what makes micro-hospitals so versatile.  While every rural community has unique circumstances that must be considered before deploying the model, micro-hospitals can thrive in urban, suburban, and rural areas.  
 
The key is to carefully assess community dynamics across the continuum of care so fixed assets are not replicated and to understand what patient populations seek most in that particular setting.
 
4. Patient Benefits
Micro-hospitals are healthcare's small-batch product — meaning the patient is getting a premium experience. It's a very compassionate and patient-friendly care model.  The small format helps drive high-quality care and higher patient satisfaction by allowing providers to focus on fewer patients and produce better outcomes.  
  • Faster discharge times for the shorter length of stay
  • Reduced wait times
  • Can operate as a one-stop-shop, with both primary and secondary care onsite.
  • Compassionate and patient-friendly care model
  • They help patients feel more taken care of and can help build the patient relationship with the hospital.
 
5. What common challenges are associated with deploying a micro-hospital?
Several challenges accompany the adjustment to a smaller format hospital.  The first is what is called "scope creep."  Micro-hospital projects have the tendency to grow over time and suddenly become 200,000 square feet and 75 beds, eliminating a lot of the cost benefits of a smaller facility.