Outpatient Care Facility Is Home To More Than 21 Specialty Clinics
by: Pat Hernandez, October 10, 2013 4:10:00 pm
The new 83,000 square foot outpatient center is located on the west side of LBJ Hospital.
The new facility provides 128 exam, operating, treatment and intake rooms, and more than 20 specialty medical services.
George Masi is executive vice president and COO for Harris Health System. He says healthcare has been reinvented in northeast Houston.
"From a women's and children's hospital to a full service community hospital that now has specialty care, segregated and separate from the hospital, and operating rooms by the way, that now will not have patients competing for surgery with trauma patients. This is a level-3 trauma center, that will accommodate patients who have surgical needs that can be attended to in one day and discharged back home."
The state-of-the-art, three-story outpatient care facility is now home to more than 21 specialty clinics that used to be based at LBJ.
Dr. Ericka Brown is senior VP for ambulatory care services for Harris Health System.
"Surgeries which typically are done in an ambulatory setting, required in-patient stays for us because we did not have the facilities to accommodate that, so that is going to free up more in-patient beds. Now of course, we hope to not have to use the in-patient beds, but unfortunately sometimes that is necessary, and we will be able to provide that for patients."
Hernandez: "Can you imagine how many people are gonna to take advantage of this?"
Brown: "Actually I can, the numbers are staggering. We intend over the next few years, to provide 300,000 new primary care visits, and of that 300,000, at least 60,000 or 70,000 of those patients will need specialty care."
Dr George Santos is a member of the board of managers for Harris Health System. He says the new outpatient clinic is more than just providing care to the patients.
"We're looking at population health dynamics. We have programs for patient education and nutrition. We've had some farmer's markets and some of our out-patient clinics so that people can get affordable, very inexpensive produce, with some instructions on how to cook healthy. Those kinds of programs will continue in these settings."
Santos says the whole goal of the new outpatient center is to use the hospitals less and use the clinics more.