A Critical Need For ICUs

Written by Anne DiNardo | Healthcare Design

Cleveland Clinic kicked off 2017 with a new expansion project to add about 20 ICU beds in the Glickman Tower on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, which houses outpatient services for urology and nephrology, was never intended to house inpatient beds. But after years of inpatient volumes rising faster than bed additions, Cleveland Clinic is exploring all of its available options to alleviate pressure on its ICUs, which are “busting at the seams,” says Randy Geise, senior healthcare facility planner at Cleveland Clinic. “Every service needs more ICU beds—the NICU, neurology, even the general ICU could use more.”

It’s an issue that many hospitals, from academic medical centers to regional community hospitals, are facing. Several factors are driving demand, such as a larger patient population, including seniors, ending up in the ICU as people live longer and treatment improves. “We’re seeing patients, stroke and heart attack victims especially, who would have died in the past now surviving the initial attack and needing critical care to recover,” says Angela Mazzi, senior associate at GBBN Architects (Cincinnati).

Others are deferring medical care for economic reasons or seeking initial treatment in an outpatient setting, so when they do arrive at the hospital, they’re in greater need of critical services, says Andy Lane, associate vice president at CallisonRTKL (Chicago). He says these issues could change further with the new administration, if new rules on penalties for readmission or reimbursements push hospitals to adapt their approach to inpatient care. But for now, when patients do show up, they’re a lot sicker than they used to be,” Lane says.

Continue Reading Article



All information contained in this publication is derived from sources that are deemed to be reliable. However, Newmark has not verified any such information, and the same constitutes the statements and representations only of the source thereof, and not of Newmark. Any recipient of this publication should independently verify such information and all other information that may be material to any decision that recipient may make in response to this publication, and should consult with professionals of the recipient's choice with regard to all aspects of that decision, including its legal, financial, and tax aspects and implications. Any recipient of this publication may not, without the prior written approval of Newmark, distribute, disseminate, publish, transmit, copy, broadcast, upload, download, or in any other way reproduce this publication or any of the information it contains. This document is intended for informational purposes only and none of the content is intended to advise or otherwise recommend a specific strategy. It is not to be relied upon in any way to predict market movement, investment in securities, transactions, investment strategies or any other matter.

Download Our

Sign Up for Our Newsletter